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The Juneau Police Department has received an increasing number of reports of fraudulent bank checks and U.S. Post Office money orders being cashed at local banks and credit unions, according to a press release from JPD.
The most common form of the fraud involves a person receiving the money orders or checks from another party who the victim has been communicating with, often purporting to be from another state or country, the release states. The victim will then cash the fraudulent instruments against their own accounts, send the majority of the cash to the other party and keep the remainder as a fee. When the checks or money orders are later determined to be fraudulent, the victim is responsible for paying back the financial institution.
JPD is asking anyone who believes he or she may have been a victim of this type of fraud, or is in contact with someone he or she believes is attempting this type of fraud, to contact JPD at 586-0600.