Criminals are taking elaborate steps to get into your checking accounts.
"Our bad guys like money, as most people do, but they don't want to work for it," said U.S. Postal Inspector Essialani Hollier-Jackson.
The bad guys in this case executed an elaborate scheme to steal thousands of dollars through a stolen check scam.
"They are counterfeiting the checks, putting a new name on the checks with the same banking information," said Hollier-Jackson. "The account number is correct, which is what the bank is checking and they have ID that matches the name on the check."
They were pretty successful. In one case they got $350,000.
"Designer clothing, designer bags, very nice bags, but a lot of shopping because a lot of the items were then resold or reused," said Hollier-Jackson.
Investigators began tracking the case and pinpointed exactly where the checks were being used to pay for goods.
"By checking the checks, we were able to go back and pull some video from stores and we were able to find some persons we wanted to talk to," said Hollier-Jackson.
They were able to track the suspect down and found printing equipment and old checks in his house.
Lincoln Police see this type of crime often. Keeping an eye on your account may stop the criminal in their tracks.
"If you have your checkbooks in the house, make sure it's in a secure location," said LPD Officer Shane Winterbauer. "Don't leave it out in the open in case of a burglary, try not to have your checkbook in your vehicles in case somebody breaks into your vehicle. Also, make sure that you're shredding all your old checks prior to putting them out in the garbage."
Sound advice to keep your accounts criminal-free.