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My husband received a $2400 check (the bank was US bank) in a priority mail envelope. Nothing was in the envelope except the check. The check was made out to him and the name of the account on the check was a man in Georgia & had a phone number on it. This check was sent to my husband at work-which is the police department. Anyway he took the check to the bank and they confirmed it was fake. He called the phone number on the check and spoke to the man who knows nothing about it! Whatever this scam is....they haven’t run across it at my husbands department. My husband hasn’t been contacted by anyone telling him to cash the check and then do something specific with the money—like the secret shoppers scam when the victim cashes the check and is then instructed to test the western union feature at wal-mart by sending money to the scammer. Or the one where you get the check and a letter telling you to cash it and buy gift cards with the money. This is just a fake check he received with absolutely no correspondence! Even stranger is that it was sent to his job!!!!

I forgot to mention, it’s been several years since he arrested anyone, he’s not a patrol officer and he’s assigned an administrative job now. BUT that said....one of his duties is conducting administrative reviews for people who has their car impounded or towed for being abandoned on the street....I suppose it’s possible someone who asked a review & to have the city pay the tow bill & were denied....it seeking revenge.
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The check itself is a personal check and looked just like a real check, it had an account holder name & address, it had all the usual security marks, was signed by the name on the alleged account. I don’t know if the priority envelope had a return address on it. My husband called the alleged account holder on the check and he was as surprised as hubby was! Has no idea why his name and address would be on a fake check. The account number on the check was non-existent. My husband has done all the cross checking possible with the info on the check and envelope.
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Weird. Was the man he called the man who signed the check or someone different? Yes, I wonder what the scam would be.

This is from 2012 but scams do seem to come back around.

https://www.nbc12.com/story/19407283/fedex-packages-with-fake-checks/
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That's weird.   I wonder too if he was specifically targeted by someone, perhaps someone he arrested at one time?    Was there a return address or any kind of identification on the priority mail?   Maybe it could be back traced to the individual who sent it, but of course he/she may have used false ID when completing the address label.  

By any chance is there info on the check, if it's a personal check and even if it's a fake?    Is it a preprinted check, with a bank routing number?  Checking account number?   The bank could trace it if that info is available, unless all of that info is fake as well.

He couldn't really cash a fake check, so I'm confused as to what the purpose might be.   

This is bizarre.
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Shell38314 Mar 18, 2020
Garden,

That is what I am wondering too! If it was someone he arrested!!
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This seems very odd and strange. I wonder if it is someone who knows your husband and was hoping to get him in trouble! (Maybe)

Perhaps in a day or two your husband will get a letter giving instructions on what he should do with the money!

This is odd Worried as you know!!
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