Alleged scam targets home-based businesses in Town of Cazenovia

Be on the alert for an alleged scam if you have a home-based businesses in the Town of Cazenovia.

Madison County Sheriff's deputies are investigating an alleged scam targeting home-based businesses. Deputies were called to investigate a suspicious order that was received by a home and internet-based beauty supply provided in the Town of Cazenovia.

Here's how the alleged scam works according to investigators:

- The vendor was contacted via email with an order totaling $214.00, wanting it shipped to an address in New York City.

- The person sending the email identified herself as Anna Pamela. In the email, she explains she is deaf and unable to use a credit card.

- The vendor responds to Anna stating she can send a check, and the product will be shipped once the check clears the vendor's bank.

- Anna replies stating her boss will be sending her the check direct as she has not been paid, then contacts the vendor a short time later indicating her boss will be sending the check to cover the order via FedEx, then provides a tracking number.

- Anna sends another email a day later saying her boss made a mistake and sent her entire paycheck to the vendor (in the amount of $1999.89), not $214.00 for the order, and asks the vendor to cash the check, mail the product out at once, and send her the difference the same day.

Investigators say the addressed provided by Anna Pamela in New York City does not exist. The company who represents Pamela's "boss" is identified on the bogus check as Toy Industries Association, Inc., with an address on Broadway in New York City. The check is allegedly to be drawn on Wells Fargo Bank. The return address on the FedEx envelope is from Colorado.