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Get an unexpected check from Alfred University? It’s probably a fake

Alfred University has been alerted that people are trying to cash checks that appear to be issued by the University, but are instead being issued by scammers.

"We are receiving reports of fraudulent check activity," said Giovina Lloyd, vice president for Business and Finance for the University. "We are advising people that if they receive an unexpected check from Alfred University, they should assume that it is fraudulent."

She said most of the fake checks appear to be issued in payment for goods or services purchased through Ebay, craigslist or other internet sites. They also appear to be issued to people who don’t live locally.

"If someone tries to pay you or get you to cash a check and give them all or part of the money you should assume that the check is fraudulent," Lloyd advised.

She said the University has fraud protection on all of its bank accounts, which ensures that any check not actually issued by Alfred University will not be honored.

"The University does not assume any liability for any losses associated with these fraudulent checks," she stressed. "These losses include, but are not limited to, money that your bank may charge you for cashing or depositing the fraudulent check and fees requested by the fraudulent check issuer.

Anyone who receives a questionable check is being asked to contact the business office " at or call 607.871.2168.