Police warn of fake check scam

Sanilac County authorities are reporting a recent uptick in check-cashing scams. according to Sheriff Paul Rich, the scammers are usually attempting to purchase something from someone they don’t know. They present a check that appears legitimate but is for more than the purchase price. They then will ask for part of that money back in the form of cash or electronic gift card. When you go to deposit the check, which can take several days to process, it is returned with insufficient funds. Authorities say you should never accept a check from someone for a higher amount than you requested and never use money from a check to send gift cards, money orders, or wire money to strangers or someone you just met.