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VPSO: Scam uses fake cashier’s checks claiming to be from SAFE Credit Union

Posted at 5:23 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 19:43:46-05

Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon tells the Abbeville Meridional that resident should be aware of a recent scam involving cashier’s checks.

The checks purport to be from SAFE Credit Union, but if you’ve never dealt with the that bank before, any check you receive that is alleged to be cut on that credit union are fake and definitely part of the scam, the paper reports.

SAFE Credit Union is a reputable company and isn’t involved in the scam; someone is just using their name, sheriff’s officials say.

Here’s a picture of a fake check from the newspaper:

Sheriff Couvillon told the paper that there are several ways to tell the check is fake.

The routing number should be 9 numbers, and it should be first in the line of numbers on the bottom of the check. On this check, it’s in the center.

On a real check, the account number is the second set of numbers, but on this one it’s last. And, the check number should be the last set of numbers, but on this one, it’s first.

Sheriff Couvillon tells the paper that only the bank that issued the check can truly verify if the check is authentic, so you should call the bank if you receive such a check.

To read the entire story, visit the newspaper’s site.