You asked what we could do about fake checks, and we responded. Steve called up the chief of Interpol (the international police force) and told them to crack down on fake check scammers for our readers. So they did. 77 people have been arrested, and 540,000 fake checks have been seized.
Ok, maybe it wasn’t Steve’s phone call that got the ball rolling, but we do what we can here. We warned you about fake checks here, and the champion scambaiter, Snoskred, gave you the full run-down of how these scams work here.
Here are some excerpts from the story. It just makes my heart go all a-flutter when I think about fake check scammers doing hard time:
WASHINGTON (AP) – The e-mails arrive out of the blue, from Nigeria or other exotic countries. They tell of inheritances, political problems, other reasons someone needs to get money out of the country. If you help, they promise to let you share the money.
Unfortunately, thousands of people fall for the scam, losing an average of $3,000 to $4,000 each.
So far this year, an average of more than 800 people a month have filed complaints about such scams.
Hoping to stem the losses, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service announced an international crackdown Wednesday in which more than 540,000 fake checks with a face value of $2.1 billion have been seized.
Many of the cases originate in the Netherlands, where West African con artists operate from Internet cafes, said Johan Van Hartskamp, commissioner of the Amsterdam police.
In what he called “Operation Dutch Treat,” police have arrested 60 people there, with three extradited to the United States and four more facing extradition. The rest are being prosecuted in the Netherlands, he said.