Police Issue Warning About Internet Scam

Sgt. Kim Buffer
Sgt. Kim Buffer

HONOLULU (KHNL) -- As the saying goes, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

On Friday, Honolulu police issued a warning about an internet scam involving forged travelers checks and money orders. If you fall victim to the scam, you could be arrested.

Investigators say several Oahu residents have responded to internet requests to cash American Express travelers checks or Wal-Mart money orders.

"All you have to do is cash it. You keep 10% and send the rest back to us, and that's your job," Sgt. Kim Buffett, Crimestoppers, said. "These people are taking these checks to the banks, to wherever, and trying to cash them and getting arrested."

"If the check is cashed, the bank is out the money. They're the complainant," Buffett said. "You took the money. Whether you, whether it was a fake check or not, you actually took the money. So you are, at this time, the suspect."

Since August, Honolulu police have arrested seven people on suspicion of forgery.

Investigators say people may think opportunities like these are risk-free because they don't require any money up front.