Melrose Police Department

Melrose Police Warn Residents of Check Scams

Melrose Police Department
Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176


Friday, June 2, 2017

Contact: John Guilfoil
Phone: 617-993-0003

Melrose Police Warn Residents of Check Scams

MELROSE — Chief Michael Lyle and the Melrose Police Department would like to warn the community about ongoing check scams and remind residents to never cash or deposit checks they receive unexpectedly from a stranger.

Melrose Police have received multiple reports of residents receiving unexpected checks with little to no other instructions. The checks, though they look real, are counterfeit and may arrive by specialized postal means such as Certified Mail that requires a recipient’s signature, making them look official.

Residents who receive an unexpected check in the mail are being advised not to cash or deposit the check. Unfortunately, once deposited or cashed, your bank may require you to return any amounts disbursed when the check bounces, as well as pay a fee for a returned check. Worst of all, if the scammer receives or has access to the image of the cashed check, your endorsement might also reveal your bank account number, which can result in stolen funds.

There are similar check cashing scams out there that pop up from time time time, including a scam where a stranger asks you to accept a check for a large amount of money and to wire them a small portion and keep the rest. The check inevitably bounces, and any money wired to the other party is lost forever and cannot be recovered.

Chief Lyle and the Melrose Police Department are offering the following tips to ensure residents avoid being a check scam victim:

“These individuals have no intention of giving you anything. Please understand that,” Chief Lyle said. “These are scammers that want access to your personal information and that’s it.”

Anyone who has questions, concerns, or believes they are the victim of a scam, should contact the Melrose Police Department at 781-665-1212.