Scam promises victims a check

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Monday, February 4, 2008
— Sandy and Kenneth Kraynak last week avoided becoming victims of what they believe was a telephone scammer that called their home several times.

A man first called and asked for Kenneth, Sandy said. He asked Kenneth if he had lost $250 a year ago.

The caller informed Kenneth that a check was ready and asked for the name of the Kraynaks’ bank.

Kenneth hung up.

On Friday, the same person called with the same scenario, except this time he was offering a check for $395 he said Kenneth had lost three years ago.

Kenneth played along, Sandy said, and asked for the check to be mailed to the Kraynaks’ home.

The caller refused, saying the check had to go “bank to bank.”

“My husband told him to go jump in a lake,” Sandy said.

According to the caller ID, the scammer had called several times during the week, she said.

“It was funny that he had my husband’s name and our address,” Sandy said.

Sandy reported the incident to Janesville police, who told Sandy no police report would be written because the Kraynaks didn’t lose any money. Police encouraged her to call The Janesville Gazette.

Sgt. Brian Donohoue of the Janesville Police Department said the scam the Kraynaks reported is not uncommon.

“If it’s too good to be true, it’s a scam,” he said.

If you receive a “cold call”—a call that you’re not expecting offering services or money—be cautious, he said.

Some people have a hard time ending those calls, he said, but one way is to ask the caller for a phone number and say you will call them back.

Last updated: 5:38 pm Thursday, December 13, 2012

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