Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and State Comptroller Kathleen Baxter have issued a statement today warning residents that “scammers are sending out fraudulent checks” appearing to be from the State of Alabama Department of Finance.
While no funds have been reported to be withdrawn from the state’s accounts due to the fraudulent checks, the Attorney General is warning consumers that the scam is taking place.
Fraudulent checks are reported to have been sent by priority mail, with instructions for the recipient about where to send money. The AG is also reporting that “checks are sent for various fictitious reasons, including it is a sign-on bonus for a job that was applied for through the internet; that it is a payment for agreeing to put advertising stickers, logos, or wraps on one’s vehicle, or that it is an inheritance from a recently-deceased family member.
Marshall and Baxter “advise anyone who receives an unexpected check from the State of Alabama to seek verification by calling the State Comptroller’s Office at 334-242-7050.”
“It is particularly offensive for someone to hide their dishonesty behind the good name of the State of Alabama,” said Attorney General Marshall. “The State of Alabama will never send a check with instructions to open an account or send some of the money back through irregular means. If there is ever doubt about a State check, consumers should contact the Comptroller’s Office, and for concerns about other unexpected checks, they may call the Consumer Interest Division in my office.”