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Alexandria police investigating check fraud

The Alexandria Police Department (APD) is investigating fraudulent business checks being passed or attempted to be passed at banks in Alexandria and other communities in central Minnesota.

These checks are generated with the names of real people using real ID's and the names of real businesses. However the routing numbers on the checks are fraudulent. Before accepting checks, police advise verifying the account with the bank.

The people who are attempting to pass the checks are dressed in business-type clothing such as sport coats, shirts and ties. The checks that are being used have been in the range of $900 to more than $7,000 in value, police said.

The APD is asking banks and local businesses to be extremely vigilant in taking and cashing any checks. A fraudulent check that was passed for over $6,000 on December 3, 2012 is currently under investigation.

If you have questions or suspect fraud, please contact the APD (320) 763-6631 or the law enforcement agency in the jurisdiction of your residence.

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Crystal Dey

Crystal Dey is a staff reporter for the Echo Press. Originally from Minnesota’s Iron Range, Dey worked for newspapers in North Dakota, Florida and Connecticut before returning to her home state to join the Echo Press in October 2011. Dey studied Mass Communications at Minnesota State University Moorhead with an emphasis in Online Journalism. Follow Staff Reporter Crystal Dey on Twitter @Crystal_Dey.

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