Knoxville Police Department warns of fake check scam

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The Knoxville Police Department is warning people about an ongoing fake check scam.

In the scam, people receive in the mail what appears at first glance to be a business check in a United States mail envelope. The envelope contains no other documentation, only a false check issued by a non-existent company.

The goal of the scam is for the recipient to deposit the fake check, giving the scammers access to the victim’s checking account information.

Police say to never deposit or cash a check from a company you have never heard of. Instead, contact the Knoxville Police Department Forgery and Fraud Unit or the United States Postal Inspector.

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