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Upstate business hit by check cashing scam

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An Upstate business owner was duped by a check cashing scam.

Greenville County deputies are investigating, but the store owner wants everyone to be on the lookout for people trying to pass off fake tax return checks.

It happened at Mike and Jacks Check Cashing and Convenience store on Augusta Street last week.

Someone walked in with a fake check and got away with cash.

Mike Sarsaur owns the check cashing store and said he was cheated out of more than $16,500.

Sarsaur said his employees did everything they were supposed to do to verify the check that said "Bank Corp." He said they even called the number on the bottom to confirm its authenticity. He said everything panned out until the check bounced.

"I feel so, so bad because they got us not with a small amount but with a big amount of money and I just hope they are not going to target anybody else because we work hard for our money," said Sarsaur.

Even the word "security" was misspelled on the check, just one red flag that was there all along. As deputies investigate this case, they suggest waiting for checks to clear the bank before cashing them, especially during tax season.

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