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How to avoid mail thieves stealing and cashing your checks

Posted: 12:17 PM, Oct 16, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-21 17:46:38-05

It all began with a freshly cleaned pool. But when Quinton Neff tried to pay the cleaning service through a check in the mail, it created a major headache.

Neff lives near Alta and Durango drives and says he posted the check in his mailbox before leaving for work and put the flag up.

But he says within 30 minutes, someone had apparently stolen the check out of his mailbox, washed the ink and added a new name and doubled the amount.

The first bank the crook took the check to noticed and didn't cash it and warned Neff, but by then, that crook had gone to another bank which did cash the check.

Police say while washing ink off checks isn't common anymore, crooks will try and duplicate your checks using software.  In this case, they had apparently tried to do both.

The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has some tips so this doesn't happen to you.

- You should lock your mailbox.

- Go to a post office to drop off checks there instead.

- Know when your mail is usually picked up so you don't leave your outgoing mail out overnight or too long.