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Check fraud ring targets elderly
Investigators from the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office are urging elderly residents to pay close attention to their bank transaction records. Two residents have had credit card convenience checks stolen from their mailboxes.
Sheriff’s Investigator Stephen Moore said recent incidents have occurred that targeted victims on both sides of the Bexar-Wilson county line. He is investigating cases of two women, both in their 80s, whose accounts were compromised by a ring of three suspects.
Moore explained that the scam involves one suspect who stole the blank convenience checks from a mailbox. The thief wrote the check to himself and deposited the funds into a bank account. He then removed the funds from the account through ATM withdrawals or via personal checks written to other members of the theft ring.
The investigator said the smallest check written was for $500, and that victims have been defrauded of as much as $1,800 in a single transaction.
Convenience checks usually are mailed along with monthly credit card statements. They allow the user to make purchases or take cash advances with a credit-card account.
Anyone with information about these incidents is urged to call the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office at 830-393-2535.
Anonymous tips -- which could qualify for a cash reward if police make an arrest or recover stolen property -- can be furnished to Crime Stoppers of Wilson County at 830-393-INFO (4636) or http://bit.ly/NDrIut.
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