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Warning: Beware of big checks

By Jessie Burchette
jburchette@salisburypost.com
LANDIS ó The check for $4,880 look good.
A Wachovia Bank check, it was drawn on a business account in Charlotte.
And UPS had delivered it to Lloyd Bittle’s home at 510 North Chapel St.
But Bittle had some questions.
Why would someone send a $4,880 check to pay for a $1,500 radio?
Bittle’s son, Todd, had listed a radio for sale on craigslist.com.
The would-be buyer wanted Bittle to cash the check, keep $1,500, send the radio and the cash for the difference ó more than $3,300.
“It looked like a good check,” Lloyd Bittle said Wednesday.
But it didn’t make sense. So he took the check to Wachovia in Kannapolis.
They quickly told him it was a fake. The bank had an advisory about similar checks on a C.M. Steele Inc. account.
And then the UPS van came again Wednesday.
This time, a company in Texas, Boiling Enterprises, sent a check for $4,950 for the $1,500 radio.
Same instructions, send the radio and the remainder of the money back.
The check was drawn on Prosperity Bank in Texas.
Lloyd Bittle filed a complaint with the Landis Police Department.
He also contacted the Post, wanting to let people know about the scheme.
He fears some elderly person might end up cashing the check and then have to repay the money to the bank.

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