Cheque book fraud

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A MAN who lost his cheque book in Mentone last week later found it had fraudulently been used to withdraw almost $1000 from his account.

The Highett man, 67, told police he was unsure whether the chequebook was lost or stolen from his car. However, on Wednesday 23 November, a cheque for $425 was cashed at the Frankston branch of the Westpac bank, and next day a cheque for $560 was cashed at the bank’s Mentone branch.

A man and a woman then attempted to use the cheque book to withdraw a further $495 at the bank’s Hoppers Crossing branch. When challenged by staff because the signatures did not match, the couple walked out of the branch and the manager notified the victim.

Call Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 with any information.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 30 November 2016

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