Exeter police warn of Instagram scam after high school student reports suspicious online offer
December 02. 2017 12:03AM
EXETER — Exeter police are warning the public about a scam deployed on Instagram that a local high school student recently reported to authorities, officials said.
A female told local police she was approached on Instagram, a social media platform, about a potential modeling job.
After she exchanged contact information with the scammer, police said, the girl received a “cashier’s check” with instructions to cash it, keep part of the money and send the rest back to the scammer.
Suspicious of the offer, the girl went to police to report the offer.
“This action would have made the scammer’s wallet thicker while leaving the victim on the hook with their bank for the entire check amount,” Exeter police officials warned. “The counterfeit check was extremely realistic and could easily be seen as real.”
Authorities urged parents to speak to their children about these scams and asked anyone who has become a victim to please call Exeter police at 772-1212.
According to published reports elsewhere, this has been a popular tactic deployed by criminals on Craigslist to try to swindle unsuspecting buyers on the website.