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Mailbox thefts leading to check fraud a growing trend in Madison area, authorities say

Mailbox thefts leading to check fraud is a growing trend in the Madison area, authorities reported.

Criminals steal mail or intercept checks to gain personal and financial information, and sometimes alter the amount or names on a check to steal money, which is called check washing, Madison Area Crime Stoppers spokesperson Tyler Grigg said in a statement.

“Mail and check fraud are serious crimes that can have a devastating impact on victims, both financially and emotionally,” Grigg said. “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.”


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