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Criminals Casing Your Mailbox For Checks

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:08 PM CDT

Her sense of safety has been shattered.  A retired school teacher who asked not to be identified had a personal check stolen from her mailbox.

"Later on in the day I noticed the mailbox was open and the flag was still up.  That was not a normal way for things to be," she said.

Refusing to be a victim she sprang into action.  She immediately put a stop payment on the $182.00 check.  Her quick thinking paid off.

"This woman was in the bank trying to cash this check," she added.

Crafty criminals are going to any length to "cash in" on your dime.

"They try to come up with new ways to try and defraud people of money that doesn't belong to them," said Austin Senior Police Officer Vaneza Bremner.

On Monday Austin police arrested William Vincent and Joe Guajardo.  Cops claim the duo tried cashing a fake check for $736.13 at a check cashing store in Travis County.  They got busted.

"This check cashing place has a verification system that alerted them to being the same check that someone had already tried to cash," added Bremner.

The forgery problem has caught the attention of the Secret Service.  In addition to check fraud there's been a number of arrests for people trying to use fake cash.

By Alex Boyer
Criminals Casing Your Mailbox For Checks


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