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Check scammer hits Streator

Streator police said a check cashing scam came to light Monday morning.

A scammer sent a victim a $2,850 check and duped the victim into cashing it at a Streator bank, then buying $2,600 in gift cards and sending the cards to the scammer. The victim was told to keep $250 for their trouble. Police said the check, unbeknownst to the victim, was fake.

Police reminded the public there is no legitimate reason for anyone to ask you to cash a check or money order and send them cash or gift cards in return. Police said check crooks take advantage of the fact counterfeit checks can take weeks or longer to discover. By that point, the victim is stuck having to pay back the bank for the bogus check.

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