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Your ‘Check’s In The Mail:’ How To Avoid Stolen Check-Washing Scam


If you like mailing checks for certain expenses, then you should be aware that thieves are stealing checks from the mail and using account numbers to write bogus checks.

I know how this works all too well since it happened to me. I wrote a check on my father’s estate account (long since closed since he’s passed). Someone in Maryland (I live 1,000 miles away) stole the check, created bogus checks and started cashing them.

Fortunately, my banker caught the scam and alerted me. I called the local police. The matter was later forwarded to a postal inspector, who eventually apprehended the perpetrator.


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