• Parent warns of scheme to defraud teens


    DECATUR, Ga. - A Decatur mother thinks scam artists are targeting metro teens.

    Henrietta Hughes told Channel 's Erica Byfield someone sent her 18-year-old daughter a check for $1,980.

    "We were not expecting any money. Had my daughter been expecting some money, I would have known about it," Hughes said.

    Hughes took the check to her bank and was told it was fake.

    She said a teller informed her it was a scheme they've seen before, and if her teen cashed the check, the scam artist could have wiped out her account.

    Hughes can't figure out how someone obtained her daughter's name and address.

    "It looks real, and I'm glad that my daughter didn't get ahold of it, because she probably would have deposited it into her account, which is attached to mine," Hughes said.

    Supposedly, the check was from the Mel Blount Youth Home of Pennsylvania. According to the group's website, it is a treatment facility for abused and neglected boys.

    Byfield reached out to the youth home and they sent a statement saying, "The Mel Blount Youth Home of Pennsylvania was not aware of any checks issued under out name, nor did we have any knowledge of these transactions. Anyone who has received these checks should contact law enforcement immediately. We hope the perpetrators will be caught and prosecuted to the highest extent."

    Hughes wonders if the youth home is a victim of someone's grander scheme and hopes her daughter's story will serve as a warning to other parents.

    "Oh please, parents, know what your kids are getting in mail. I'm glad that she didn't get the mail that day," she said.

    Hughes said she plans on filing a police report.

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