Police see more cases of money order fraud

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metro Police detectives are seeing an increase in counterfeit money orders.

In the past two weeks, SCMPD Financial Crimes Det. Keith Edwards has seen more than 10 cases of counterfeit money order scams in Savannah. In one case, a victim lost an estimated $4,000.

He said counterfeit money orders, counterfeit checks and checks written on closed accounts are being used to defraud people because of the lack of knowledge and education, according to an SCMPD news release.

Edwards offers these tips:
--If someone is requesting a refund on an "overpayment" don't do it.
--Make sure all checks and money orders have cleared the bank.

Get more tips for identifying counterfeit postal money orders at U.S. Postal Service website.

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