KENNEWICK, Wash.- Crimestoppers is warning people to look out for fake cashier's checks that could leave you responsible for a whole lot of money.
People will usually receive the phony checks through the mail with a request to deposit them into their account, then wire part of the money to a third party, usually in another country.
Typically, after you've wired the money, the check will come back as fake, the money will come out of your account, then you're on the hook for the amount you wired. There's no protection for you.
Police say these sorts of scams are nothing new.
"It's almost something that's kind of cyclic. You know, they're will be somebody around that passes them, and we'll have a bunch of them in a short time and then we won't have them for a while. And apparently they're starting to surface again," said Kennewick Police Sgt. Brian Swartswalter.
Many local banks have seen so many of the fraudulent checks that they're not cashing any checks that come with a letter to wire the money somewhere.
They say a windfall like this is almost always too good to be true.