Thank you for visiting The Islander Newspaper Online.

We are currently updating our website to provide you better service and function.
If you would like to access the new site, please, click here: The Islander Newspaper

Sorry for any inconvenience. Our new site and service will resume shortly.

Web Master

The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992

"The Award Winning & Best News on Anna Maria Island, FL Since 1992"

Friday, Oct, 31, 2014
Florida Press Assn. Award-Winning Web Site
Home Latest News Weather Sports Real Estate Classifieds Island Guide Islander Store

 SECTIONS

 • 

Main News

 • 

Classifieds

 • 

Opinions

 • 

Streetlife

 • 

Calendar

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Sports

 • 

Real Estate

 • 

Obituaries

 • 

Weather

 Features

 • 

Cortez Cook Off: The Results

 • 

Anna Maria Island Bridge FDOT replacement bridge

 • 

National Hurricane Center (Atlantic)

 • 

Advanced Search

 • 

I love AMI

 • 

Mystery Story

 • 

Fishing Laws

 Classifieds

 • 

Classifieds Page

 • 

Place An AD

 • 

Items for Sale

 • 

Garage Sale

 • 

Estate Sale

 • 

Announcments

 • 

Lost & Found

 • 

Pets

 • 

Transportation

 • 

Boats & Boating

 • 

Fishing

 • 

Kids 4 Hire

 • 

Help Wanted

 • 

Health Care

 • 

Services

 • 

Lawn & Garden

 • 

Landscaping

 • 

Home Improvement

 • 

Business Opportunities

 • 

Rentals

 • 

Real Estate

 Weather

 • 

Today's Forecast

 • 

10 Day Forecast

 • 

Today's Tides

 • 

Emergency e-mail

 • 

Storm Watch

 Archive

 • 

News Archive

 • 

2009 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2008 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2007 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2006 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2005 Top Notch Gallery

 • 

2004 Top Notch Gallery

 Useful Links

 • 

Island Links

 • 

i.wed

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

About this Site

 Contact Us

 • 

Islander Store

 • 

Subscribe

 • 

About Us

 • 

e-mail us

Story Tools

Date of Issue: June 16, 2005

Internet vacation rental, bank scam comes to AMI

The Manatee County Sheriff's Office in Anna Maria has reported an apparent Internet rental scam that could cost Island property owners and rental agents thousands of dollars if they fall for the deal.

On June 6, the MCSO reported that an Anna Maria woman said she had been contacted via the Internet about a unit she has for rent.

The prospective renter said in an e-mail that he only had a check for $6,500, which was well above the deposit amount requested and the rental price. He forwarded the check and asked the owner to cash the check, deduct for the rental fee, then return the balance to him in a money order.

Suspecting something amiss, the owner contacted MCSO Deputy John Damato in Anna Maria, who investigated the situation. Damato found that the check had been drawn from the bank in California by a Canadian man, but for an amount far less than $6,500.

The MCSO has begun an investigation into the incident, and Damato advised all property renters to be wary of similar activity.

Anyone receiving a request to cash a check and return funds should contact the MCSO in Anna Maria at 708-8899, or their local law enforcement.

Southtrust Bank scam

At the same time that the apparent Internet rental scam took place, many Islanders have received an unsolicited e-mail that appears to be from Southtrust Bank.

The e-mail says the bank's software is being upgraded and they need you to input your customer information, including account number, pin number and password in an e-mail reply to maintain the account.

Don't be fooled, said a spokesperson at the real Southtrust Bank headquarters in North Carolina.

"This is an Internet scam. Don't give them anything," said Angela Parker. In addition, she said, "We've merged with Wachovia Bank." She said the bank has turned over information on the scam to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Anyone who receives such an e-mail is asked to forward it to abuse@southtrust.com.

Have your say:

No comments for this page. Feel free to be the first

Username:

Contact:

(email or url)

Subject:

Your View:

Please enter the security code below:

security  

Get breaking news

Follow the Islander on TwitterBecome a fan of The Islander on Facebook

Sign up to receive breaking news alerts via e-mail. We'll send you a notice when the news and classifieds appear online every week, before the print edition hits the streets.

Click here for Gulf oil spill updates related to Anna Maria Island.

Historic Anna Maria City Pier Plank Walk

Put your name, your message, your memorial on the Historic Anna Maria City Pier prior to the Pier Centennial Celebration! And join the fun!

CLICK HERE for Stoltzfus e-mails and related court documents.


FREE Island
Vacation Guide:
get it here

Cortez Cookoff

Click here for 2010 Cortez Cookoff Winner and recipes

To advertise here, please
visit our rates page
or contact us at:
sales@islander.org
Phone: (941) 778-7978
Fax: (941) 778-9392

Back to top of Page

Home | Weather | Real Estate | Classifieds | Archives | Contact | Island Links
Islander Store | Subscribe About this site | Classifieds Page | Place an Ad
For Sale | Garage Sales | Announcements | Lost & Found | Pets | Transportation
Boats & Boating | Fishing | Kids for Hire | Help Wanted | Health Care | Services
Lawn & Garden | Landscaping | Home Improvement | Business Opportunities | Rentals | Real Estate

Our Privacy and Copyright Statements © 1992 - 2009, The Islander