Counterfeit checks, money orders surface here

Rayne Police Chief Carroll Stelly has issued a warning to area businesses and residents of counterfeit money orders and check that have again surfaced in Rayne.

Chief Stelly said, within the past couple of days, detectives have received two counterfeit money orders and one counterfeit check.

The money orders, both in the amount of $780, came via UPS, and requested the receiver to cash the money orders and keep 10%. The person were then instructed to make a Western Union money transfer and send the remaining monies back to the sender.

In this case, Chief Stelly said the bus-iness that cashed these money orders would have been out $1,560.

The other victim was attempting to sell a vehicle and had placed it on the Internet for potential buyers.

The victim, from Rayne, was contacted by a buyer from Benton, Illinois, who agreed to pay the asking price of the vehicle in the amount of $14,000.

The suposed buyer sent a check in the amount of $17,999.00 via FedEx and requested the seller take out the amount agreed upon and send the rest ($3999.00) to an address in another country.

Chief Stelly also said that these types of crimes are all but impossible to solve because victims are sending money to other countries.

If you, or someone you know, has received a check, money order or other form of payment and are requested to cash it and send money back, please contact your local Police Department to make sure this is a legitimate document.

Chief Stelly urges businesses to be on the lookout for these documents and call local police whenever in doubt at Rayne Police (334-4215) or the detective division (334-2007).

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