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BPD warns citizens of a "fraudulent check scam"

Posted at 3:37 PM, Feb 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-03 18:55:18-05
The Bakersfield Police Department wants the community to be aware of a possible fraudulent check scam where local businesses are being targeted.
 
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On February 3, 2016, we received a report of a possible scam wherein the suspect contacted a local day care provider inquiring about the cost of their services. 
 
Through numerous conversations via text message, the suspect asked the victim business to cash a check for them. 
 
The victim is asked to keep part of the money for themselves and send the remainder back to the suspect.
 
The suspect contacted the day care provider using contact information obtained from a "Craigslist" ad.
 
If you are contacted by someone making similar requests, we advise you not to comply with their request. 
 
We urge you to contact the law enforcement agency in your jurisdiction to report the incident.
 
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Bakersfield Police Department at (661) 327-7111.