Kankakee County, Illinois – Authorities have sounded the alarm on a significant surge in check fraud cases within the county. Perpetrators are allegedly stealing checks and skillfully altering the recipient’s name and monetary amount, often cashing them out of state.
The Kankakee County Sheriff’s Office is advising residents to opt for electronic payments whenever possible to safeguard against this growing threat. If mailing a check becomes necessary, authorities recommend refraining from leaving it in their own mailbox with the flag up. Instead, residents are urged to personally take it to the nearest post office and hand it to a postal worker.
The trend coincides with a series of incidents involving vandalism in recent months of post office mailboxes in the Chicagoland area, affecting areas like New Lenox, Frankfort, and Orland Park. As of now, no such incidents have been reported within Kankakee County.