The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office received information on a fraud/scam
letter sent to residents within the county and surrounding areas. The letter appears to be from Wal-Mart and includes a check written out to the resident or homeowner.

The letter instructs the resident to deposit the check into an active checking account. Once the check clears, they are instructed to go to a Wal-Mart and purchase thousands of dollars’ worth of Wal-Mart and Steam Wallet gift cards. After the purchase, they are instructed to take photos of the cards and text the photos to a phone number with a (281) area code.

The Calvert County Sheriff’s Office has been in contact with Wal-Mart and their investigators. Should you receive one of these letters please destroy it. Every year law enforcement agencies take numerous reports of fraud and theft from deception. These scams have millions of people a year losing thousands of dollars; sometimes their life savings. The rule of thumb is “if it’s too good to be true, it probably is” and “there’s no such thing as free money”.

Never send money without doing a little research first. Please educate yourself, the elderly, friends and family with the multiple frauds operating throughout the United States.