WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue police are investigating a scam in which people are being sent bogus checks with overages to be returned to the sender.
Most of the fake checks, which the sender claims are from the university, have been sent to people across the United States who have posted resumes on Craigslist, said Purdue police Lt. Fred Davis.
In some cases, either an email or letter has been sent informing a person that he or she was accepted for a work-from-home position with the university and that a check would be forwarded to them. Recipients have been instructed to cash the check, keep a few hundred dollars, and send the remainder from the check back to the sender via wire transfer.
The bogus checks have been usually for $1,200, $1,950 or $2,000, Davis said. People residing in Texas, Arizona, New Jersey, Oregon and Missouri have been recipients, and with the exception of one instance reported to Purdue police, all have posted resumes on Craigslist.
Some of the checks have been sent by certified mail from a post office in Brighton, Colo., Davis said. Some of the checks have listed a Purdue address and the phone number 765-494-4611, which is to a university laboratory. The lab has received several calls, Davis said. He said other universities have reported experiencing the same type of fraudulent activity.
Davis said there are no known cases in which people have cashed the checks and lost money. Anyone receiving a suspicious check should contact the Purdue Police Department at 765-494-8221.