Police issue warning about common check fraud scam
NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
With the weather warming up, Metro police want to warn people about a common scam.
In this case, the scammer first sees someone - usually an elderly person - working outside. The scammer then offers to do some yard work or another simple task.
While working, the scammer distracts the unassuming victim, makes up an excuse to get inside - either by using a crying baby or saying they need to use the restroom - and they then look around for the victim's checkbook or debit card.
The scammer writes himself a check, then takes it straight to a bank to cash the money.
Investigators say in one recent case, Gary Stamper was accused of cashing a check for about $300. In this case, the victim noticed the missing check, contacted the bank and they were able to build a case against Stamper.
He has been indicted on charges of identity theft, forgery and theft of property.
Police advise people to never accept unsolicited help from someone off the street. If someone approaches you, never let them in your home.
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