Wellton police see increase in fraudulent check cases
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Wellton--Wellton Police Department said they have seen a significant increase in cases involving credit card fraud and counterfeit checks and money order in the last few months.
A Wellton man was arrested on Tuesday for fraud charges.
John Wayne Kleisdorff went before the judgeWednesaday morning for charges of trying to cash a fraudulent check at the Del Sol market located on Los Angeles Avenue.
They said he tried cashing a similar check about two weeks ago from a different bank and company in South Carolina.
He is facing three counts of forgery, one count of fraudulent schemes and one count of criminal simulation.
Kleisdorff is still in custody and his bond was set at $25,000.
"Don't go cash it because then you become a victim and a suspect at the same time," Sergeant David Rodriguez of Wellton Police Department said. "Take it to a local police department and have it verified."
Wellton police said its been the fourth reported case.
They said unknown people and companies are sending fake checks by mail to unsuspecting victims so they can be cashed.
They said the checks will come with a letter explaining why the check was sent to them.
Police said if you notice a lot misspelled words, capital letters aren't capitalized or its missing security marks...then its a fake.
So if you get a check in the mail for a large amount of money and you're not expecting to receive anything, that should be a warning sign.
"Most of them are part of the older generation and very low income people are becoming victims of fraud," Rodriguez said. "They get a check in the mail for $4,000 and they're pretty excited of that check and they go cash it."
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