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‘They could empty a whole bank account,’ Police warn of mailbox fishing scheme

February 20, 2023
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WATERTOWN – They were just trying to mail in their bills when they got a call from their bank that someone was trying to cash a check of theirs for thousands of dollars.

Dottie and Charlie Leighton, 75 and 76 years old of Watertown, have been dropping off their mail at the same USPS Box for years. Days after mailing a few checks, their bank called them to inform them someone was trying to cash a check for $9,800. Turns out that check was originally written for under $40 to pay a National Grid bill.

The bank flagged it and ultimately held off on cashing it. The Leightons had to open a new checking account and work with the bank to determine what other checks had been taken.

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