According to recent reports there has been a new scam popping up locally which is having a profound effect on local businesses.
The scam typically will go something like this: an unknown subject (scammer) calls to speak with an employee (manager or assistant manager) and convinces him or her that they are with corporate offices or are detectives of an investigating agency. The scammer then convinces the employee they are conducting an investigation into bad business practices or embezzlement’s or other heinous crimes being committed by the owner or General Manager.
The scammer then has the employee get on their cell phone and not hang up as they listen to everything going on in the background and all along telling the employee exactly what to do. The scammer convinces the employee to take all the money from the register(s) and leave the business.
The scammer then directs the employee to go to different locations such as Wal-Mart, CVS, Market Street, etc. The scammer tells the employee to put the money on green dots cards or the like and send them pictures or tell them the number on the back so he/she can access the money as quickly as possible. Once this is done, the money is gone and cannot be retrieved. The employee has been scammed and the business is out the money.
Businesses need to speak to their employees about this ongoing scam ASAP and put procedures in place to effectively mitigate loss. If you have any questions about a particular situation contact the Wichita Falls Police Department at 940-761-7792.