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Posted on: November 21, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Police investigating fraudulent check scam, warn residents to be aware

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The Sterling Heights Police Department is warning resident to be wary of a fraudulent check scam that has recently been reported in the area.

On Nov. 17, the Sterling Heights Police Department was mailed a fraudulent check for $2,300 from what appears to be U.S. Bank.  As in many previous incidents reported to SHPD, this check was sent randomly in an attempt to defraud a person who may have decided to cash the check. Per the instructions included with the check, the person is to call the number provided.

“When an individual calls the number provided, they then receive instructions on wiring money to an account within 24 hours in order to receive additional money,” said SHPD Lt. Mario Bastianelli. “The time restraint on the process is to prevent the banks and the victim from confirming it is a fraudulent check prior to wiring money to an untraceable location. Once the wire transfer is completed by the victim, they become responsible for the loss of money. “

The Sterling Heights Police Department strongly urges the public not to send any money via electronic wire, mail, or Internet if they have not confirmed that the requesting person is legit.  If the public has any question or concerns about the validity of a check, they can confirm with their local bank in which they have an account, or they can contact the Sterling Heights Police Department at (586) 446-2489.

Media with questions can contact Lt. Mario Bastianelli at 586-446-2804.

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