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Rising Check Fraud in Methuen: Victims, Police Response, and Prevention Tips

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In Methuen, Massachusetts, a worrying trend of check fraud has emerged, with criminals increasingly targeting mailed checks for alteration and subsequent cashing, exploiting the trust and traditional methods of transaction used by many, particularly the elderly. Among the victims was Kim Sarro's mother, whose mailed check was stolen, altered, and cashed for an amount significantly higher than intended. This crime, known as 'check washing,' has prompted a response from Methuen Police and the United States Post Office, highlighting the evolving nature of mail theft and the steps being taken to combat it.


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