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Consumer alert regarding fake checks from Department of Finance

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A consumer alert was sent out this week alerting people to a scam involving fraudulent checks which appear to be from the State of Alabama.

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall and State Comptroller Kathleen Baxter say scammers are sending out fraudulent checks which claim to be from the state’s Department of Finance

According to a news release from the Attorney General’s Office, a letter instructs the recipient where to send a certain amount of the funds, and claims that the checks are sent for various fictitious reasons.

“It is particularly offensive for someone to hide their dishonesty behind the good name of the State of Alabama,” said Attorney General Marshall. “The State of Alabama will never send a check with instructions to open an account or send some of the money back through irregular means. If there is ever doubt about a State check, consumers should contact the Comptroller’s Office, and for concerns about other unexpected checks, they may call the Consumer Interest Division in my office.”

The fraudulent checks may look legitimate, but a fake check scam could cost you thousands of dollars.

Attorney General Marshall and Comptroller Baxter advise anyone who receives an unexpected check from the State of Alabama to seek verification by calling the State Comptroller’s Office at 334-242-7050.

Also report suspicious checks or money orders to your bank.

This story via WVTM 13 News.


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