Stopped Before Getting Away

It's called the Nigerian check scam but an Ogle County bank teller stopped it before it was too late.

Last Friday, Tammy Burke of the Mount Morris Savings and Loan was presented a check from an international company. The customer told her he had just sold a car over the Internet and needed to wire money back to the buyer.

That's how this check scam works. Special investigator Hale Guyer says the victim is sent a forged check worth several thousand dollars more than the asking price of the item purchased. The victim is then conned into wiring thousands of dollars off to the criminal. Burke knew of the scam because Guyer had just trained her to recognize it.

Ogle County State’s Attorney Deborah Ellis says her office offers free training to financial institutions.