Police Warn Of ‘Check Washing’ Scam After Suspects Steal Edmond Woman’s Checks From USPS Mailbox


An Edmond woman was shocked to learn someone stole her checks from a USPS collection box, washed the ink off and tried cashing it.

The scam is called ‘check washing.’

Sally Ruhl said Saturday night she put three checks in a USPS collection box located in the Crest Foods parking lot near the intersection of 15th Street and Santa Fe Avenue.

“I heard that people in secluded areas might break into mailboxes, but I didn’t think it would be a location that it would happen because it is so busy,” said Ruhl.

Turns out Ruhl was wrong.

By Monday, Ruhl learned someone at Walmart in Del City tried cashing the now blank checks.

According to Del City police, the suspect was unsuccessful after failing to produce proper ID.

“They had written in their own information,” said Ruhl. “One check for $900, one check for over $400 and one check was still blank.”

According to law enforcement, thieves can wash ink off checks with common household…

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