CHICAGO (CBS) — Over the previous few months, we’ve reported on and investigated dozens of points along with your mail.
On Tuesday, we shared with you the frustrations of some individuals of these living an Edison Park neighborhood building who at the moment are being advised they should decide up the mail from the Put up Workplace.
We’ve additionally reported on quite a few scams concentrating on your mail. Some individuals have reported receiving unemployment debit cards for different individuals – or strangers’ Social Security numbers.
Additionally Tuesday, CBS 2’s Chris Tye reported on a brand new rip-off – underlining the desperation of the coronavirus pandemic. Checks – six figures’ value – are disappearing in a single ZIP code, and the Put up Workplace has a warning.
It was every week after Halloween. Objects destined for this small workplace park simply north of Halfway Worldwide Airport, made up of meat markets and cleansing corporations, started to fade.
“It began out very slowly,” mentioned Ken Pecho of packaging operator Mixed Gross sales Firm. “Right through December and even into January, we have been seeing increasingly incidents.”
The incidents began out incidental, however they’ve now grow to be expensive.
“Checks that have been despatched to us from prospects didn’t make it to us, however have been fraudulently cashed,” Pecho mentioned.
Crooks affixed bogus signatures.
Diana Pizana, by no means an worker of Mixed Gross sales Firm, signed over cash to herself on Nov. 9. Betty Miller did it three days after that, and what seems like a scribbled “Kevin” deposited a bundle Christmas week.
“There have been over $35,000 in checks that by no means made it to us,” Pecho mentioned.
That’s simply at Mixed Gross sales. Over $100,000 in slippery sign-overs have been deposited because the fall from that enterprise park close to Halfway alone.
“The one factor that made sense was that there was a problem with the Put up Workplace,” Pecho mentioned.
The USPS confirms to CBS 2 the rip-off is rising, warning operators there was an uptick inside the Chicago space.
Two investigations have begun inside the USPS to search out out what’s going on inside ZIP code 60632, and the place the sticky fingers of Diana, Betty, Kevin, Tamela, and Vize first get their fingers on the checks meant for that small workplace park simply north of Halfway the place none of them work.
“Whether or not in the principle department or the native department, they’re promoting them off to people who’re opening accounts, depositing checks, then cleansing out the accounts,” Pecho mentioned.
The entire variety of checks stolen on that one enterprise park alone totals within the dozens. We’re advised all these corporations have been made complete by their banks.
The investigation continued late Tuesday. To this point, no arrests have been made.