Fake money orders could cost you hundreds

This is an example of the fake money orders being sent out. (Source: Kyle Grainger, WVLT)

PIGEON FORGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Fake money orders being mailed to people in East Tennessee could cost you hundreds of dollars.

Packages from Fed Ex, the Postal Service, started arriving at Scott Ellis' home just days after his wife looked into being a secret shopper. The money orders look real and were made out for more than $900.

"How much more trusting can you get than the US postal service. Or a Wal-mart Money Graham. That's a common name. It just doesn't get any more common than that," said Ellis. "Obviously one of the biggest ways in this particular case was how realistic these money orders actually looked."

Now he wants everyone to know just how easy it can be to get into this scam, especially if you don't pay attention to the good from the bad.

Ellis says while his family didn't cash the money orders, he worries the elderly and others looking for part-time work may.

"This goes on every single day, it's all on the internet. It may look legit but if it sounds to good to be true most of the time it's gonna be."

The packages were mailed from several states, and police say there's very little that can be done about it.

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