A new scam is popping up in our area.

The Russell County Sheriff's Office tells us they are dealing with a mystery shopper scam involving U.S. Postal Service money orders.

A near victim told investigators she got a letter in the mail and the only thing in the envelope was a money order worth close to $1,000.

Investigators tell us, if this happens, instructions usually follow within the next few days, asking you to wire money to someone else.

Authorities want to remind you, if you get a money order from someone unexpected, do not cash it, call the Russell County Sheriff's Office at 276-889-8033.