Friday, January 2, 2009

Its the first of the month

and we all know what that means....

Thieves are stealing your rent check.

Lisa Carmona said somebody stole her rent money. It consisted of several hundreds of dollars in money orders.

She placed her rent money in her apartment's drop box and her apartment claimed they never received the payment.

Still, someone found a way to spend the money orders made out to the apartment.

"They cashed two of them and right now I'm in the process of trying to find out who and where it has happened it," Carmona said.

Carmona said the ordeal got her kicked out of her apartment.

"I had my copies of my money orders here saying that I had the money and I know I turned it in and I was forced to leave my home," Carmona said.

Carmona filed a police report and she hopes to get her money back.

A spokesperson for the Austin Police Department said crooks can alter money orders as well as steal routing numbers from personal checks. They urge consumers to check their mailboxes on a regular basis, pay bills electronically and keep a close eye on their checking accounts. You should also deliver rent payments in person.

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