Police issue check scam warning

December 21, 2012 12:27:35 PM PST
Durham police are warning people about a scam which preys on the goodness of others.

Police said they have received several reports about scams involving personal checks.

The victims are approached by someone who claims to need cash due to an emergency. They say they can't cash their check for various reasons and then convince the victim to cash the check.

The victim later finds out that the check was not valid and the bank wants the money back.

Police ask you call 911 to report suspicious persons asking for money or for you to cash a check.

The Durham Police Department's Fraud Unit offers the following crime prevention tips:

  • Be wary of anyone you don't know who approaches you for any reason.
  • If you are approached, note any other persons and vehicles around.
  • Call 911 to report suspicious persons asking for money or for you to cash a check.
  • Don't give out financial information to anyone you don't know or that you didn't directly contact yourself.
  • Don't conduct banking business such as deposits by way of the ATM unless you have to.
  • Don't fall for "the sob story"
  • If you do try to do someone a favor by cashing a check or getting them money from the bank; go inside the bank and take them in with you.  If they don't go in, they don't get the money.  If they are being honest they won't have a problem getting their picture taken inside the bank.
  • If you have been a victim of this scam, please call 911 and make a report.

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