Consumer Alert: Classic scheme targets those looking for extra holiday money

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A classic scam is once again making the rounds across the Mid-South, and some could easily fall victim as many folks are looking to make extra cash before the holiday season.

WREG's Zaneta Lowe got a call from a viewer who said she got a $3,725 check in the mail that looked somewhat legit, but of course, it turned out to be a scam.

She didn't fall for it, but scams are getting harder to detect as crooks try their best to disguise their schemes.

The check was supposedly from a company called Site Tek Solutions. The letter that accompanied the check provided instructions about how the consumer was supposed to buy several prepaid cards worth hundreds of dollars each to test out the "Vanilla Re-load Network".

The potential victim decided to research the routing number on the check, and it didn't match up with the actual bank listed, so she knew it was all bogus.

Asking the consumer to buy all of those prepaid cards was another red flag, not to mention, WREG checked out the address on the check. It actually belongs to an erosion control business called Soil Tek Solutions.

Scammers will often try to mimic the names of legitimate companies and even steal addresses and phone numbers.

If you ever get a check like this, keep in mind that legitimate secret shopper jobs don't require you to pay to work.

Also, never wire money to people you don't know or deposit checks from strangers.

Never give out any personal financial information to these people if you communicate via email, through mail or over the phone.