Check Washing Scam In Lancaster County

September 22, 2023 by News Staff

Lancaster County businesses and government agencies have recently fallen victim to a nationwide check washing scheme that has resulted in the loss of more than $100,000, according to Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Detective Brian O’Bier. According to the Rappahannock Record, the sheriff’s office has investigated multiple reports of check washing over the last few weeks, said Sheriff Patrick McCranie. All those affected have been businesses or government agencies, including the sheriff’s office. “But we’re urging everyone, including individuals, to be vigilant and check their bank accounts more frequently. Scammers steal checks once they have been mailed at the post office then erase the payee’s name using a process that can be made from household cleaning products. The payee’s name is then rewritten and the check is used or cashed.