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Las Vegas man gets check for secret shopper job

By Daniel Gutierrez. CREATED Dec 16, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- A little extra cash in your pocket is always nice this time of year. But one Las Vegas man said he recently got an offer that was too good to be true.

"I was pretty sure it was a scam," said Steve Haver.

He was suspicious about a recent job listing. The retiree said he's applied for a few part-time positions. But he thought it was strange when someone contacted him about a secret shopper job, since he doesn't have any retail experience.

"They sent me an email. And I sent it back with my name and address and so on," said Steve.

Not long after that, he got a letter in the mail, letting him know he got the job. And it actually came with his very first paycheck, "A check, you know, made out for $2,400."

He said that's when he decided to reach out to Contact 13, "I actually worked in the check collection area of a bank before I retired."

He processed checks on a daily basis for nearly 15 years, and knew this check didn't look right.

Contact 13 called Sanger Bank, whose name is on this check. And sure enough, the Texas based company verifies, it's a fake. Action News emailed the person who sent Steve the check, but they never responded.

The letter Steve got, told him to keep $250 for himself. Then he had to wire the remaining $2,240, and evaluate the customer service provided at Western Union. The problem is, once you wire money to a scammer, it's gone for good. And Steve knows that.

"I mean the people behind this are not at all likely to be caught and punished," said Steve.

That's why he's taking time to warn others.

"If you get a check that you've got no valid business reason to be getting, you be extremely suspicious," said Steve.

So here's the Contact 13 bottom line: If you get a check in the mail, ask your bank to verify if it's legit. You could face charges for cashing or depositing a fake check.

And remember, no one's going to pay you before you've done any work.