Sheriff warns of ‘bogus checks’ being sent to area residents

Staff Writer

The old saying goes “if it’s seems too good to be true, it probably is,” and that’s what Clay County Sheriff Eddie Scott is encouraging locals to remember amid a spike in fake checks being mailed out.

Scott took to Facebook on Monday to warn those in the county and provided photos of fraudulent checks, one being a fake cashier’s check for more than $1,000.

“It’s just a continuous barrage,” Scott said, referring to how frequent the letters are being received. “Everybody is having the same issues in different counties.”

Scott said his office is currently working with federal authorities on the matter to save local manpower, but said the letters are coming from all over the country.

“It’s hard for us to devote the manpower, so our main focus is to say don’t fall for it,” Scott cautioned locals. “If you get these in the mail, any kind of check, come up here and we will help them verify it.”

Scott went on to say banks will often catch the checks before they are passed as real, but said other instances will see the recipient cash the check thinking they have simply run in to good fortune. That good fortune, though, could potentially carry jail time.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who may have received one of these fake checks to contact authorities to verify the authenticity of the check.