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New Twist On Check Fraud

July 31, 2013 State of Wyoming, Town of Jackson No Comments
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The State of Wyoming is warning residents of a new kind of check fraud that has emerged in the state in recent weeks.  The old, familiar scenario was that a check or cashier’s check was sent to the victim who was instructed to deposit it into his account and send a certain percentage of it back to the sender.  The original check, of course was fraudulent and the victim was then responsible for the non-existent funds.  Now, a check is sent to the victim’s bank and automatically deposited.  Shortly thereafter, the victim is contacted and told to send a certain amount of it back.  Jackson Police Lieutenant Cole Nethercott explains new method removes the chance the victims will simply throw the checks away when they receive them.  Instead, he says they see an amount posted to their accounts which is standard proceedure until a bank knows the check is worthless – usually three to seven days.  Cole explains that it takes a few days for a bank to contact wherever the check came from to make sure it is a valid deposit.  However, he points out that it does show on the account.  Nethercott says, “I would just tell you that if you are not expecting a payment from someone, or if you get unexpected money – that would be suspicious and you should contact the bank if you receive money you’re not due.  Once again, the victims are responsible for the funds they send to the scammer.  Nethercott say those receiving such requests should not respond to such requests until they are checked out as legitimate.

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