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Nixon Warns of Phony Check Scam

By AP/KWMU

Jefferson City, Mo. – Attorney General Jay Nixon is warning consumers about a phony check scam. He says Missouri residents, including Nixon himself, have been sent fake cashier's checks and asked to cash them and send some of the money overseas.

Nixon said he received such a check last week for $5,000. He warns residents that after such checks are cashed, banks find them fraudulent and hold the people who cashed them accountable.

Nixon says many such scams appear to originate in Nigeria. Sometimes, the checks follow conversations people have had in Internet chat rooms.

He says the checks look real and include logos of real U.S. banks.

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