The scheme was discovered when a bank teller in Cobb County became suspicious and contacted the victim to verify that a check was supposed to be cashed.
According to a police report, one check for $8,300 was forged with the husband’s signature on July 2 and cashed at a Wells Fargo Bank branch in Sandy Springs.
“We’re getting cases like this on a regular basis,” Sandy Springs police Lt. Keith Zgonc told Channel 2.
Police have bank surveillance images of the check casher. They will try to identify the suspect and then work their way up the source of the scheme, Zgonc said. “We do see people cashing the checks don't necessarily have anything to do with the theft of the checks," he said.
The victim, meanwhile, wants to know how the suspects were able to change information about her home equity line over the phone.
A spokesman for Wells Fargo told Channel 2 that bank won’t make changes to an account without verifying a great deal of information, and that the bank takes identity theft seriously and is working with police to find those responsible.