Scam leaves Flanders man down $3,100

A Flanders man reported to Southampton Town police last Monday that he was scammed out of $3,100.

The man, whose identity was withheld, said he received a letter from a company called Bells Financial Services informing him that he’d won $250,000.

The letter contained a check for $3,450 and said that $3,100 had to be returned as a “processing fee,” according to police.

The victim cashed the check at Suffolk Federal Credit Union and sent $3,100 back via Western Union, police said.

He then got notice from Suffolk Federal Credit Union that the check was bad, and he was now responsible for the $3,450, according to police, who said the man has since made a payback arrangement with the bank.

No arrests were reported. Southampton police are investigating.