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BBB warns of identity theft with a twist

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The Better Business Bureau of Mississippi is warning businesses and residents about a new scam. This one involves identity theft with a new twist.

The thieves this time are going after your banking information and creating their own checks. They're then trying to get other people to deposit those checks and send them most of the money back through the mail.

Kenny Boclair, owner of City Wide Realty, was recently targeted. Someone took his company's banking information and started sending the checks all over the country. Boclair says before that happened the thieves did two withdraws out of his checking account for about $4,000.

The bank has refunded his money, but some of the checks are still out there. He believes the scammers are probably outside of the country. The BBB says people should watch their finances closely.

"In this case we actually have a Jackson business where their account number has been compromised, and all their information. It looks like it's coming from a legit company and it's causing problems for a business so he's being scammed as well," said John O'Hara of the Better Business Bureau.

The Better Business Bureau says check scams like this are on the rise. The criminals are also using a bogus lottery trying to get people to cash the checks and send them money. 

Boclair says he's still getting about 10 calls a day from people who received checks from his business. He believes they installed a virus on his computer to monitor his keystrokes to get his information.

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