Victim Location 53209
Type of a scam Fake Check/Money Order
Our small nonprofit organization received a $32,500 fake donation, probably an attempt to scam us.
We first heard from Gary Martin [email protected] on Oct 25, when he emailed to say he wished to make a donation to our organization in memory of his wife who had passed away from cancer. He was always very brief in his communications, which we interpreted as a desire for privacy. We did look up D Martin Enterprises right away. Even though the company url was different, we thought perhaps there were several email addresses a company might own. There was no list of family members other than the founder, but we assumed he might be a son of the founder.
Gary’s second email ignored our request for more information about his wife and himself and requested the name and address to which to send the check, which he said would be $12000. His third email was to request a home address, stating that he wanted a physical address to send it to (rather than our PO Box.) We received the check on 11/14/16; the check had been mailed certified and it was for $32,500 rather than $12000. There was no return address on the check, which looked like a Cashier’s Check from Chase, nor the envelope. (Again, we thought perhaps a wish for privacy.) His fourth email to us was to ask for confirmation when we received it. We confirmed, asked if the amount was correct, and then deposited it when he did not reply. We received notice 11/22/16 from our bank that the check was flagged as altered/fictitious.
Needless to say, this was probably an attempt to scam us. Gary probably intended to tell us the larger check was a mistake and to ask us to cut a check for the difference between the initially proposed $12000 and the $32,500 sent. We notified D Martin Enterprises that someone is using their business to appear to be legitimate.