The Leavenworth-Lansing Area Chamber of Commerce is warning its members about an apparent scam.
According to information provided by Chamber President Jennifer Daly, a Leavenworth business received an email earlier this week inquiring about the cost of cleaning area rugs. The person who sent the email claimed he was moving back into the area.
He asked in a followup email if the fee could be charged to a credit card account. He also asked the business to charge an additional $1,700 and then wire this same amount of money to someone who was supposed to be a private shipper. This money was supposed to cover the cost of having the rugs shipped from Texas.
The person who sent the emails claimed he was asking the business to handle the transaction this way as a favor because he's disabled after a recent cancer diagnosis. He indicated the business would be paid for the fee for the money transfer as well as a $100 tip.
According to Daly, the emails were reported to the attorney general's office.
Leavenworth Deputy Police Chief Dan Nicodemus said he's not familiar with this particular scam. But he said it's a variation of other scams in which people are told they're receiving money but asked to send some of it back.
Nicodemus said this type of request should be a red flag.
"I cannot think of any legitimate business transaction where you would do that," he said.
He said the scammer apparently was hoping to be sent the $1,700 before it was discovered there was a problem with the credit card account.
"If someone is contacted like that, they're always more than welcome to contact the Police Department and ask us about it before they start sending money," he said.