‘Check Washing’ Scheme Hits Huntington, Police Say

Suffolk County police warned residents Tuesday about a “checkwashing” fraud that has been going on in the Huntington area.

Commissioner Rodney K. Harrison said at a press conference in Yaphank that people have been stealing checks out of mailboxes, altering them and then cashing the checks at a bank branch or by using a banking app.

The thefts began in August and occurred about 40 times in Dix Hills, Melville and Huntington.

Anyone convicted of the federal crime of stealing mail faces a fine and/or up to five years in prison.

Experts warn residents not to leave checks in their home mailboxes but drop them into mailboxes inside US Post Offices.

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