Crimestoppers: Check Fraud Ring Sweeps Across the State

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From Colorado to Nebraska, Lincoln police are noticing a disturbing trend of they want to stop. Police say a group of people are using fake checks all over the state.

"I would never put anything past this group. It sounds like they are ruthless and they are stealing from people and making checks and not afraid to take from anyone along the way," Officer Erin Spilker said "It involves multiple victims, multiple states and really high dollar loss."

It all starts at your mailbox. When you write that check to pay your electric bill, the scam artists are looking for it. They steal your mail and use the account information on your check to cash in.

"If I was a victim and they got my check information, they would put my account number on there and my address, but they would use the name of somebody else," Spilker said.

Police say they print up as many fake checks, with your account number, as they want. Then, armed a stolen ID, police say the suspects hit Wal-Mart, Target, Hy-Vee, any store that will accept a check.

"At first it appears legit. The checks go through, but then quickly realize they are counterfeit or fraudulent checks being made," Spilker said.

Police believe the group traveled from Colorado hitting Lexington, Kearney, Grand Island, nearly every town on I-80. They may be making their way back across the state.

"It's not unusual for us to see people travel along the interstate and commit crimes. I think it's going to happen again, so it's something to keep your eyes out for, recognize them and call in," Spilker said.

Police say the best way to protect yourself, directly drop your mail off at the post office.

If you have any information on this case, call Crimestoppers.