UPDATE: 18 News has been notified that the Elmira Police Department revealed at leas two financial institutions have been the target of a forged check cashing scam.
The individuals responsible for cashing the checks were recruited by a criminal organization who specializes in this style of scam.
The Elmira Police department requests that financial institutions and area businesses be aware for this type of a scam.
The Elmira Police Department is investigating a possible financial scheme to defraud.
All financial institutions are being asked to email Capt. Anthony Alvernaz from their bank’s email address, with an attached copy of an employment credential.
A phone line has been set up for representatives of financial institutions to call and speak with an EPD officer: (607)-737-5611. Only financial institutions should call that number.
Capt. Alvernaz also stated that there were social media comments circulating that expressed concern over the above request being a scam itself. He reaffirmed the legitimacy of this investigation, and continues to request all banks to follow the instructions outlined above.
Due to the sensitivity of the case, no additional information can be given to the general public at this time.