An Omaha woman surfing the Web for a “sugar daddy” wound up with a bitter dose of check fraud totaling nearly $5,000, police said.
The 20-year-old woman on Thursday went to the front desk of the Omaha Police Department's northwest precinct to report the scam.
She told police that she and a man had met on a dating website called sugardaddyforme.com. The couple emailed and texted for about a week before the woman received a check for $4,980 in the mail.
The man gave the woman “specific instructions on using money transfer services” to send money to two other men. The woman deposited the check in a bank and completed the money transfers Aug. 30.
On Sept. 20, the bank notified the woman that the check was fraudulent and that her account had been debited $4,980. Police opened an investigation of theft by deception.
According to banking experts, check recipients should always wait for bank verification that the deposited funds have been collected from the check issuer's account. Just because funds are available does not mean that the check has cleared.
Recipients should be wary of any large check that suddenly arrives in the mail, and if the sender makes immediate and repeated requests for the recipient to transfer the funds.
Once the money has been wired from a bank account or trust account, it can be quickly transferred to another and generally cannot be retrieved.