FOX CROSSING – Lou Blasczyk has no idea how scammers got a copy of his check and his signature, but he knows what they attempted to do with the information.
Between Aug. 30 and Sept. 9, the scammers sought to clear 29 checks totaling $73,900 from his account at Fox Communities Credit Union in Appleton. The individual checks in the scheme ranged from $800 to $4,000.
Fortunately, Blasczyk quickly caught the fraudulent activity, notified the credit union and closed the checking account. The swift action prevented any financial loss for Blasczyk and the credit union.
“It was all done by the technology where you deposit checks with your cellphone,” Blasczyk told The Post-Crescent, referring to mobile banking apps. “If I wouldn’t have said anything, the checks would have cleared.”
Blasczyk said he monitors his account online every day “to be sure that nothing stupid is going on.”
On Aug. 31, he noticed three checks that were pending payment from his account — two for $3,500 each and one for $2,500. He didn’t recognize any of them.
“Somehow they got a copy of my checking account checks,” he said. “They took a photocopy of it and made checks payable to three different people totaling $9,500.”
Blasczyk said one check was made payable to a person in Phoenix. Even after the account was closed, the fraudulent checks kept coming for another nine days.
The ordeal has caused Blasczyk to re-examine his banking practices.
“I’m starting to think about writing fewer checks,” he said. “The…