A warning about stolen check stamps. Cybersecurity experts say criminals are stealing checks out of mailboxes or from mail carriers and then cashing fraudulent documents for big money.
Details only say this is what check phishing looks like a bull brazenly stealing envelopes from a mailbox in New York City.
Jackpot investigators say that the crooks use chemicals like nail polish remover to wash away the writing on the cheque, replacing it with their own.
Maureen McGovern says one big check in her name almost cost her $7,000 and this one 2700. Even though she’d only written it for $246 Someone had erased her handwriting. She said she dropped the checks off at these mailboxes right outside the post office.
In addition to deeds grabbing envelopes from mailboxes experts say they’re also stealing keys from mail carriers. By miners cybercrime researcher at Georgia State University he leads a team that has been tracking about 3000 Stolen checks per week nationwide. He estimates that money lost in the past six months totals between 15 and $33 million.
if your check has been stolen, you should be very active in trying to protect not only your bank account, but your identity as well.
The Postal Service recommends drop off checks inside the post office or if you use blue collection boxes do so before the last pickup time of the day. Never be checks in your home mailbox overnight and if you’re out of town, put a hold on mail delivery.
News Source: CNBC News