HPD reminds citizens of ongoing "Secret Shopper" scam

HPD reminds citizens of ongoing "Secret Shopper" scam
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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the Hattiesburg Police Department.

The Hattiesburg Police would like to let the citizens and merchants of Hattiesburg know there is still the scam of "The Secret Shopper" going on.

There was an incident this week where someone was arrested after trying to cash a check that was counterfeit.

If you receive a check in the mail asking you to cash it and do shopping with the money, make sure you contact the company on the check to make sure the check is legitimate before cashing it, otherwise you can get charged for passing a counterfeit instrument.

This is an ongoing scam that has been happening for several years.

There are several agencies, city, state and federal that is working on the cases as well.

Again be very cautious if you receive a check in the mail telling you to go cash the check because you will also be responsible for any money the bank or check cashing place may be out as well be charged criminally.

If you have any questions about a check, you can contact the Hattiesburg Police Department Detective Division or your local agency.