Scammer Sends Fake Check to Corpus Christi Police Chief

No one is immune to attempts by scammers looking to get hold of your hard-earned money -- not even the chief of police.

Corpus Christi Police Chief Floyd Simpson said he was sent a fake check for almost $2,000 in the mail, and it didn't go to his home address, but instead it was delivered right to his desk at the police department's John Sartain station.

Now, Chief Simpson wants to send a warning for others to be on the lookout for scammers.

The check was made out to Floyd Simpson for $1,950. Luckily, the chief did not try to cash the check, but all that money might be tempting to someone else, and that is why the chief is hoping to alert others about the scam.

"A scam attempt against the chief of police of the City of Corpus Christi, which I thought was weird because I've got at my disposal investigators who can run things down," Simpson said.

That fake check is now in evidence as the CCPD tries to track down the scammer who sent it out. It looked real, with Chief Simpson's name on it, but the chief said what set off the alarm was that the check was sent to 321 John Sartain, the address for the downtown police station.

"The worst thing I could have done was to try to deposit the check, putting my account number on the back of that, deposit it, causing all kinds of problems in my account, and not knowing if that canceled check will make its way back to the person who sent it to me," Simpson said. "There's all of my information."

The chief said the check came from Mississippi, which is where he recently did a recent personal real estate transaction. He has been in contact with law enforcement officials in Mississippi, and they are already investigating other cases just like this one.

Of course, the chief said if you get a check and it's too good to be true, it probably is. Especially when you get a check right after Christmas. He said don't simply throw it away, but give the police department a call so they can investigate.


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