HENRY COUNTY, Ga. — A Henry County woman is warning people of a scam that nearly landed her in jail.
Kathy Foster told Channel 2 Action News she was trying to sell her wedding dress online to pay for her mother's medical expenses.
“My mother is ill and I was trying to help out with that,” Foster said.
She put the dress up for sale online on Poshmark for $500, but the first buyer who she heard from sent a check for $1,500.
The buyer told her to cash the check and pay her the difference once he picked up the dress. But when Foster went to a Chase bank on Jonesboro Road, a teller told her she nearly left in handcuffs.
"She did tell me that if I did not explain the situation when I came in, that she would have had to call the police," Foster said.
Police say being in possession of a fake check is a serious offense if your story does not check out right away. Henry County officers reviewed text messages Foster had, plus the fake check, and they took a scam report.
"These scams have occurred on numerous occasions throughout the year," Sgt. John Davis said.
The police report shows the bank called this a new scam where people get others to cash bad checks to give them money and steal the item.
Police said getting a check for more than you asked for is a red flag.
Foster said she nearly lost $1,000 -- and her dress -- and doesn't want others to come as close as she did.
"It's not a good feeling, especially when you live paycheck to paycheck and you're trying to take care of your family members and your loved ones," Foster said.
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