Scammer plot foiled by concerned clerk

Bellevue, NE, Retail Associate William Reynek

Bellevue, NE, Retail Associate William Reynek

Bellevue, NE, Retail Associate William Reynek was serving customers behind the counter when an elderly woman approached him. She presented $2,300 in cash and asked for help to send it Priority Mail Express to the intended recipient. Reynek recognized that the woman could be the victim of a scam, and that if she sent cash to the recipient, she’d likely never receive what the other individual promised in return.

Reynek convinced the woman to convert the cash into money orders as a safer alternative to cash. The woman agreed. After 30 minutes, the woman returned to the counter and told Reynek that she needed to change the payee on the money orders to a different person or send cash as the recipient originally asked her to do. With this new information in hand, Reynek knew she was likely being manipulated by a scammer.

The customer was still on a telephone call with the scammer during this process, so Reynek asked to speak with him. He asked the caller about his relationship with the woman, to which the individual replied, “I’m a relative.” Reynek asked additional questions, but the caller hung up before answering. That’s when Reynek convinced the woman she was dealing with a scammer and told her not to send the money.

“If it seems too good to be true, it probably is,” said Reynek.

Postmaster Elizabeth Norton appreciates Reynek’s efforts to prevent a customer from losing her hard-earned money to a scammer.

“There was a customer in line when this all happened and she posted some very positive comments on Facebook,” said Norton. “It’s getting a lot of hits.”

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2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

     /  April 11, 2016

    In the world we once trusted everyone, we are reminded to be cautious of those unknown to us…

  2. Anonymous

     /  April 11, 2016

    So many unemployed people in our country that these foreign scammers prey on our need for money to survive. The acts that we do for these scammers are unlawful and you will be punished if caught… Just say “NO”

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