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St. Charles Police Blotter: Fraud by Check

St. Charles police reports from Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 10, 2012

Fraud/forgery

A 62-year-old resident of the 700 block of Monroe Avenue reported at 3:08 p.m. someone used a fraudulent check to attempt to purchase some chairs she was attempting to sell on Craigslist. The buyer agreed to sell the chairs for $325, but was sent a check for $3,050, with instructions to deposit the check in her account, then send a check for the balance, minus $120 for her trouble, via Western Union to a person in Indianapolis. The woman told police she believed something was not right and took the check to a Bank of America bank on which the check was drawn. There she learned that there were no Bank of America branches in Utah, where the check reportedly originated. She took the check to police.

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Kim Malay October 11, 2012 at 09:36 PM
People please be careful of this type of scam. It happens a lot. I sell for a direct sales company and we have people contact us wanting to do this quite often. I will not accept checks for online orders. I require a certified check or money order to prevent this.

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