Technology Advances Check Scams

By: Bethany Gillis Email
By: Bethany Gillis Email

(Dothan, AL)--Becoming a victim of check fraud can happen to just about anyone and police said with advancements in technology, it's getting harder to spot real checks from fakes.

"Age of technology is making crime a lot easier for criminals and a lot more difficult for law enforcement," Houston County Sheriff's Office Captain Antonio Gonzalez said.

Technology is a major culprit when it comes to producing fake checks. The Houston County Sheriff's Office said they've seen a rash of reported check fraud across the area.

"From scam issues to people making their own checks, we are seeing problems," Captain Gonzalez said. "I've seen Bank of America checks out there that look legitimate, with water marks and everything, but they're not." Gonzalez said.

Captain Gonzalez is not only concerned about how the checks are being made, but how scammers are collecting the checking information.

"As far as being able to reproduce with the information that they have can be done in two easy ways; phishing and dumpster diving," Captain Gonzalez said.

Some fake checks are so convincing, police officers are having to take a second look.

"We constantly have to train and learn what to look for, " Captain Gonzalez said. " Any counterfeiting or fraud issue, as far as documentation, can be difficult for new and experienced officers," he said.

Along shredding mail containing personal information, Gonzalez has some other tips.

"Always do a credit report check on yourself to make sure you're not a victim of identity theft," Gonzalez said. "With the new age of technology, scammers can do just about anything on the computer," he said.

The police said the best way to avoid becoming a victim of check fraud is to report any check that seems suspicious. Captain Gonzalez also recommends only giving out personal information in face- to -face contact.

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