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 Post subject: Check-Cashing Scam (Empty-Envelope Scam)
PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2011 8:56 pm 
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Here's the deal, I was at the grocery store and this "kid" asked me to cash his check for him. Just go to the ATM, deposit his check, and then give him cash. Everything looked legit, and he told me a sob story about how he was 17 (later found it wasn't true) and his parents wouldn't let him have a bank account, so I thought about just doing something nice.

Turns out, while I wasn't looking, he switched the deposit envelopes, and deposited a blank envelope into the ATM.

I went to the police station the next day. Couple weeks later, I picked him out of a photo array. I also found out that he did the same thing to some other guy two days later, and the cops are looking to charge him with both. He's actually popped in a few different towns throughout, and he's stolen enough from enough people that they're currently looking to up it to a felony with the amount stolen and come after him with that.

They're having a little trouble locating him at the moment, his parents' claim they don't know where he is, but he's been popping up, so there's a consensus feeling that he'll be found soon enough.


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 Post subject: Re: Check-Cashing Scam (Empty-Envelope Scam)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 7:30 am 
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What area did this happen? (so others can be on the look out)

Can you describe what the "kid" looks like?

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 Post subject: Re: Check-Cashing Scam (Empty-Envelope Scam)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 5:17 pm 
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Twin Cities area.

He's a black guy, late teens, not that tall, skinny.


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 Post subject: Re: Check-Cashing Scam (Empty-Envelope Scam)
PostPosted: Thu Sep 08, 2011 9:02 am 
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Have you contacted the media about this? They are often good at getting the word out. I have some contacts if you are interested in trying to get the word out to the media.

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 Post subject: Re: Check-Cashing Scam (Empty-Envelope Scam)
PostPosted: Sat Sep 10, 2011 6:36 pm 
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I haven't. I've been keeping in contact with the detective on the case, and she hasn't recommended to me to do anything of the sort. I don't know if me doing so would anger her and the rest of the police department or not.


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