Scam Alert

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office wants to alert the public to a possible scam circulating in the area. It targets people who are advertising items for sale.

Sellers have reported to the Sheriff’s Office that a prospective buyer, usually from Canada or another country, sends a check for a much larger amount than the actual sales price, then tells them to just cash it anyway.

The buyer says he or she will send someone to pick up the remainder of the money and the item for sale. The sellers are then later told to just wire the money back to the buyer.

Investigators checking into this possible scam are advising the public to verify the authenticity of any checks they receive with their banks or financial institutions.