Theft by Deception

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MBG-2021-09-0026

On September 2nd, 2021, at approximately 12:11 pm, the victim contacted the police department about a being scammed out of money. The victim resides in the 1st block of West Main Street. The victim advised they were contacted via email about becoming part of a bit coin program. They were informed upon joining the program they could earn money after being sent a check for $2,850. The were directed to cash the check and keep $350 for themselves. They were to send the remaining money back to the individual they were in contact with. The victim joined the program and deposited the first check they received. They sent the remaining funds back and all communication then stopped. The victim was later contacted by their bank and informed the check was a fraudulent check. The victim was now responsible to pay the bank back. Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the police department.