Police warning of fraudulent check scheme


From staff reports

Friday, December 15, 2017

The Elizabeth City Police Department has issued a fraud warning after residents reported receiving fraudulent cashier checks in the mail. 

According to police, the fraudulent checks are mailed in a priority envelope and include a request that the recipient deposit it in their bank account. The recipient is told to keep $400 of the deposited check as a commission for participating in a Secret Surveyor, while using the remainder of the check to purchase iTunes gifts cards in $50 and $100 amounts. 

Once the iTunes gift cards are loaded with money the recipient is expected to email the card number information off the back of the card to a specific address. 

The ECPD urges anyone who receives this type of fraudulent mail to report it to law enforcement. If the fraudulent cashier check is deposited into a bank account the party responsible for that account will be responsible for any charges incurred.

Residents with questions are encouraged to contact Detective Tammy Dillard, Criminal Investigations Division at 335-4321 or via email at tdillard@cityofec.com.