Residents reminded to verify checks
By: CARISSA HEBERT
The Ville Platte Police Department received a report from a citizen who received a “fake” check from Samsung by mail.
The resident was smart to check on the validity of the check, according to Lt. John B. “Chip” Matte Jr. He said, “these scams are common and they also operate through emails. We ask the public to please confirm the validity of a check before cashing it, because if a check is cashed and is found to be a fraud, the person cashing it is responsible to pay it back.” He added that person may also face criminal charges.
The department is encouraging residents to report all scams to them. The more types of scams that are brought to the attention of the public, the less likely these types of scams will be successful. Residents are encouraged to verify checks with their banking institutions, the police department, etc. before cashing them. Remember, never to give personal information over the phone or through the Internet unless you are absolutely sure who you are conducting business with.
Police Chief Neal Lartigue reminds residents to report all illegal activities to his office at 363-1313. He said citizens can assist officers in their duties by reporting illegal activities. All callers will remain anonymous.