Hoboken police warn of scam where man asks to deposit check in exchange for cash


The Hoboken Police Department is warning residents where a man asks patrons to deposit a check into their account in exchange for cash from the ATM.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

“We are currently investigating four similar incidents where an unknown male approaches a victim as they enter a Hoboken bank and asks them if they would be willing to deposit a check into the victim’s bank account in exchange for ATM cash,” Det. Lt. Jonathan Mecka said in a statement.

“The actor claims he can’t deposit the check because he does not have a bank account. Be warned: this request is only an attempt to steal money. If a victim agrees to help, they will lose the cash given to the criminal, since the bank will later notify the victim that the check was fraudulent.”

He added that this has been a regular occurrence in Hoboken, typically during the afternoon hours near banks.

The Hoboken Police Department Detective Bureau is currently investigating these “Theft by Deception” crimes. Should you get approached in this manner please contact the Hoboken Police Department at 201-420-2100.

If you become a victim of one of the following similar types of crimes, report it to your local police department and then file a report on one of these sites: the Federal Trade Commission, Social Security Administration, and/or Internet Crime Complaint Center.

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