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Cheektowaga warns about change-of-address scam

Three Cheektowaga residents have been the victim of a change-of-address, identity theft scam that town police said has recently hit Western New York and has been reported in Florida and other parts of the South, police said in warning the public.

In the last two months, Cheektowaga police have worked with the U.S. Postal Service on three cases in which an identity thief uses the post office to change the mailing address of an unsuspecting victim.

"The victims realize after a period of time they are not receiving their mail and when they check with the post office they are informed there was a change of address filed in their name," police said in a Facebook post about the scam.

In two of the three local cases, the mail was diverted to an address in Florida. The third was changed to a former address of the victim. Then, the thief opens credit cards or loads in the victims' names and the bills are sent to the new addresses.

Cheektowaga detectives worked with police in the jurisdictions of the new addresses and found that people who lived there had received the mail and wondered why they were getting someone else's mail, police said.

Police said Cheektowaga residents who suspect they are victims of such a scam should call the police at 686-3501.

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