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Criminals ''washing'' personal checks

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ATLANTA (CONSUMER ALERT) -

A savvy business owner had surveillance cameras installed after reports of suspicious break ins.

"He got a ping on his cell phone and he was able to zoom in and identify his business mailbox was being broken into," said US Postal Inspector Rachel Sileski.

The video showed an image of Wilfredo Bermudez, the ringleader of a scam that cost victims more than $50,000.

"He was obtaining business checks, he would wash and alter them and make them payable to himself and deposit them or cash them," said Sileski.

Bermudez washed dozens of checks, ranging from $200 to $8,000, and he was often able to get cash immediately by going right to the bank where the check was drawn.

"So they would present their true identification and the check would be made payable to themselves and without question they could go in and cash it," Sileski said.

You should be diligent about checking your bank accounts and credit card statements for fraudulent transactions. Also, request your free credit reports each year from all three bureaus and check them closely.

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