Posted by on September 24, 2021 2:42 am

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mail fishing scam

State Police say they’re looking for a vehicle in connection with a rash of mail fishing thefts in Schuylkill, Berks, and other counties.

According to information released this week, State Police at the Schuylkill Haven barracks are working with the US Postal Service Inspector’s Office on a mail fishing incident.

They say the perpetrator uses a “device” to remove mail from Post Office mailboxes. Whoever does this goes through the mail looking for uncashed checks. The check payee is altered to make the thief the legal recipient and then the check is cashed.

Mail fishing incidents have been reported in Auburn, Bernville, Hamburg, Kutztown, Shoemakersville, Manheim, and Rhawnhurst.

Police are asking anyone to monitor whether they’ve written checks, sent them in the mail, but haven’t been received by their intended payee or were cashed by the wrong person.

If someone suspects they wrote a check that didn’t reach its payee, they should call their local police department. Callers should have the following information at the ready: dates of the checks, the check numbers, and when the check was cashed.

Police say they’ve identified a vehicle that’s been used to pull of these mailbox heists. They’re looking for a white Infiniti G37 with a PA registration of HFW 9325.

Here’s what that vehicle might look like:

infiniti g37

Image: CarMax.com

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