If you live in Pasco County, keep an eye out for a particular piece of mail that looks like it’s coming from the county government. The Pasco County Clerk & Comptroller posted the warning to Facebook this morning that a lot of Pasco residents are getting a piece of mail with a check inside. They say they’re aware of at least 300 residents in Pasco County (New Port Richey, Dade City, Wesley Chapel, Land O’ Lakes, Port Richey, Zephyrhills, Hudson, Holiday, Trinity, Odessa, San Antonio) receiving the fake checks so far – and those are just the ones they know about.
You are warned to not try to cash or deposit the check. Instead they ask you contact the Pasco Clerk and Comptroller’s Office at (352) 521-4566. Press Option 3 when you call. But what happens if you try to cash the check?
Thanks to the tips so far, the Treasury Management and Capital Asset Division has been able to intercept the scam. Pasco County thanks for those tips because losses to taxpayers could have been over $1 million. But it could be bad for you too once a check is found to be a fraud – it could be a nightmare to deal with. When the bank deems the check a fake and you bounce a check or miss a utility payment and those penalties could add up fast.