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Check Fraud Is on the Rise — Here’s What You Need to Know

Katie Couric Media

As if we needed another thing to worry about, an age-old trick to swindle money out of Americans is on the rise again. Criminals are increasingly targeting mailboxes to illegally pilfer other people’s checks, and the U.S. Postal Service is taking notice. 

“Every day, the U.S. Postal Service safely and efficiently delivers millions of checks, money orders, credit cards and merchandise,” the agency said in a statement this month. “Unfortunately, such items are also attractive to thieves, and that is why postal Inspectors across the country are at work to protect your mail.” 


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