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Mail, check fraud growing in Madison area
Spectrum News 1
MADISON, Wis. — Mail and check fraud is becoming a growing trend in the Madison area, according to Crime Stoppers.
It entails criminals stealing mail or intercepting checks from mailboxes, which gives them access to personal or financial information. In some cases, criminals may also alter the amounts or names on checks to steal funds, known as check washing.
“Mail and check fraud are serious crimes that can have a [devastating] impact on victims, both financially and emotionally,” said Madison Area Crime Stoppers spokesperson Tyler Grigg. “We want to remind residents to be vigilant and to report any suspicious activity to the police immediately. If you wish to remain anonymous, please contact Crime Stoppers to submit a tip.”
In light of this growing trend, Crime Stoppers offered several tips for residents.