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Rochester Business Falls Victim to Check Cashing Scam

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Rochester: Rochester Business Falls Victim to Check Cashing Scam
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A check cashing scam has a Rochester business out of tens of thousands of dollars.

Chester’s Check Cashing is a family-owned business that's been around for decades. Manager Jessica Resser says when it comes to checks, they've seen their fair share of fakes.

"They're all different, payroll, people say babysitting, they say they did secret shopping, they'd say taxes, they say they'd be working at churches. You'd be shocked at what people say they did to get these checks," said Resser.

Resser said she's been doing this so long that red flags are obvious, but last week, four people came into Chester's on West Broad Street and another location on different days and were able to cash checks that totaled up to $14,000.

"Usually, this would never get passed us. We’re all completely shocked that this did and we are out a lot of money," Resser said.

Resser said the checks that say Collect on the top look just like usual income tax checks that are normally cashed. She said most times high dollar amounts catch their eye, but on income tax checks, it's common.

"With these ones I'm pretty sure we are going to get our money back because of our new camera system. Their addresses, their picture is as good as day."

Vesser says with all checks they cash, they take pictures, get finger prints, and photocopy IDs. They are working with a private investigator and the Rochester Police Department to catch the scam artists, and are almost 100 percent confident these thieves will be caught.

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