The Fort Wayne Police Department would like to remind the community that:

  • Scams can take many forms but always include seemingly free money or a great deal on the condition that the recipient of the fraudulent check forward some of the money from the check to another party. The victim will cash the check, see that the money has deposited in their account, and gladly forward a small portion of the funds. However, days later the check will bounce, the funds will disappear from the victim’s account, and the victim will still be held responsible by the bank for the funds that the victim transferred.

  • Never accept checks from persons or business that you do not personally know and never accept or cash checks that you are not expecting to receive.

  • Remember that no government agency or business will accept gift cards and bitcoin for any type of services or fees. You should never give out personal identifying information over the telephone or the internet to anyone unless you are sure of who you are speaking to.

  • If you ever have suspicions about a check or an unsolicited financial offer from a stranger, contact your bank or the bank who issued the check. If an unsolicited financial offer feels suspicious, it is usually a scam.

  • Contact the Better Business Bureau (BBB) to check how trustworthy a business is. You can also file a business review or complaint. Visit for more information. 

 Learn more about common scams that take place in the community:


Title Published Date
Counterfeit Bill Scam with Facebook 23 March 2023
Online and Financial Sextortion 06 February 2023
Telephone Scam Alert 02 February 2023
Facebook Marketplace Scam 18 November 2022
Jewelry Scam 18 November 2022