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Lower Paxton Township Police Department
Wednesday October 14th, 2009 :: 09:37 a.m. EDT


Fraud attempt on a citizen where a counterfeit check was received in the mail.

The Lower Paxton Police are investigating an incident in which there was an attempt to defraud a resident of $2,500. In this case, a resident received an unexpected check in the mail from an out-of-state business. A few days later he received a second mailing, asking him to deposit the original check in his account and then wire $2,500 of the amount by Western Union to an unknown man. The citizen was to "keep" the remaining amount. The check was a fraud and the citizen did not wire any money.

This is a common scam where you receive a check, with instructions that it is part of a prize you won. To deposit the check into your account and then wire the majority of the money to another person, as your "tax" for your prize. This is often done before the check is cleared by the bank and found to be counterfeit. In this case, the citizen is out the money that he/she wired. 99 percent of the time when you receive an unexpected check in the mail, it is a fraud attempt. If you receive an unexpected check as above, contact the Police or speak to your bank before doing anything with it.

Lower Paxton Township Police Department
425 Prince St
Harrisburg, PA 17109

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 717-657-5656


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