Scam artists target food stores, police say
Commercial crime investigators have uncovered a new fake check scam targeting major supermarkets.
Head of the Business and Technology Crimes Unit of the Central Detective Unit(CDU)Assistant Superintendent Michael Moxey said yesterday that the scam is being backed by an organized crime ring.
Moxey said that while the group is well organized, suspects do not always succeed in passing off the fake checks to businesses.
So far police have discovered 40 fraudulent checks that were used at several supermarket chains in New Providence. According to Moxey, those involved in the scam go to food stores and purchase goods with the fake checks.
He said supermarkets often find out about the scam when attempts are made to clear fake checks at financial institutions. Thus far police suspect that about$10,000 worth of goods have been taken by people presenting fake checks.
Police are working to break up the crime ring.
The commercial crime investigators also yesterday issued an all-points bulletin for Jamaican national HarveyJarad Bennet, 21. He is wanted for questioning in connection with a fraud by false pretenses investigation. Bennet’s last known address is Big Pond.
Police are investigating claims that someone placed software on computers at local web shops and other public computers that recorded the personal information of users without their consent. According to police, this included credit card numbers and account passwords.
Anyone with information on Bennet’s whereabouts is asked to contact police at 919, 322-3333, 502-9991 orthe nearest police station.