These are some strange kind of public servents.
Some serrious sell outs who are taking all efforts to expose their con game real serriously. Steeling mail and messing
w /all means of comunication.
Any competent detective should, I understand, recognize this scheme right off. When financial institutions pay out funds they maintain clear and readily accessible computerized records showing to who and where any $ were payed; (Not unreadable photocopies).
One would expect your local police detective to confront the company directly: "If in fact you payed this money order, show us whose account you payed it to - If not, please reimburse the customer's funds."
The detective does not do anything like that, but rather goes along with the hoax as though it's all routine. Perhaps just lazy. I can't know how far down VIAD's crooked soft-$ can reach.
The folks at Travelers Express will then attempt to convince you
that you have been riped-off by some clever thief who managed to leave no trace. They want to cause you to believe that they never heard of computerized records or electronic transfers, only poor quality photocopys. (wouldn't a tax audit be interesting).
Whether you buy any of this or not, the nice folks at Travelers
Express will at this point confidently slip your money in to their own pockets. They sell these m.o. in amounts up to $500 each and they got me for almost that amount. (An amount which constitutes a felony throughout the country).
I understand that many, many hundreds - perhaps many thousands of
complaints similar to my own have been lodged with the Better Business Bureau and/or the Federal Trade Commission. Both of these agencies will regularly pretend ignorance of any kind of problem at T.E. and they choose to treat each new complaint as though it is their very first and certainly calling for no concern or intervention from them.
Those involved with this particular con-game gamble that each of
their victims will, at some point give up in frustration and I suppose most do just that at some point as this company, for the present, continues doing their thing. Perhaps I too will someday reach that point. Perhaps - but not today.