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Boynton Beach man loses thousands after mailing check at post office

Daniel Castiglione mailed check at same post office as another check-washing victim
united states postal service August 29 2023
Posted at 4:18 PM, Aug 29, 2023
and last updated 2023-08-29 17:20:58-04

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. — After WPTV spoke with a woman who lost $50,000 in a check-washing scheme last week, NewsChannel5 is now hearing from another victim, who mailed a check at the same post office.

WPTV first met Boynton Beach resident Lorna Swartz last week.

“Forged my signature, left the amount,” Swartz said. “I feel abandoned. I would say I do not write checks at all anymore.”

She called WPTV after losing $50,000 when she tried to mail a check to the IRS at the post office at Jog Road and Boynton Beach Boulevard. Now, WPTV is learning this wasn’t an isolated incident.

Lorna Swartz, who lives in Boynton Beach, said she was the victim of a $50,000 check-washing scheme.
Lorna Swartz, who lives in Boynton Beach, said she was the victim of a $50,000 check-washing scheme.

“The check was for $113 and I see a withdraw out of my checking account in the amount of $2,560 and I said what is this,” Daniel Castiglione, who also lives in Boynton Beach, told WPTV.

Castiglione contacted WPTV after dropping off a check at the same location. His check was also washed.

“I started to think it through a little bit, put two and two together, and I said maybe somebody stole something from my check,” Castiglione said.

WPTV put in a request for the total number of current check fraud cases in Boynton Beach related to that post office and we are still waiting on that.

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Daniel Castiglione explains how he realized he was a victim of check-washing scheme.

In a statement, USPS spokesperson said:

We ask customers to observe the pickup times on collection boxes and if after the last scheduled pickup to come inside the building to deposit their mail if at a Post Office. If at another location, observe the pickup time and do not deposit if after scheduled time. At home, pick up your mail from your residential mailbox as soon as delivered (if possible).

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“You know, something should be done about this,” Castiglione said. “You know, you have a lot of older people living in South Florida who I imagine still write checks manually. They’re gonna get hit.”

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