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Opelika police investigating weekend frauds

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Opelika police are working on four cases of fraud from over the weekend.

Counterfeit checks or money are involved in three of the cases.

In another case, a man says thousands of dollars have been charged to his credit card without his approval.

Opelika police say fraud comes in cycles to cities all over the country. This past weekend, Opelika police were busy with multiple money crimes.

On Friday, a man told Opelika police that he used his credit card to buy gas. When he checked his online statement, he noticed multiple purchases that he didn't make.

 "He found out that there were 13 unauthorized transactions made to his account totaling more than $17,000," said Opelika Police Captain Bruce DeLong.

Delong says being protective of your credit card is crucial to avoiding becoming a victim.

"Keep an eye on your credit card at all times," said DeLong. "Know who you are giving it to. If they leave the room with it that is something you are going to have to decide if you want them to do that."

Then on Saturday, a customer at Wal-Mart on Pepperell parkway tried to use counterfeit money.

"They tried to make a purchase using a counterfeit one-hundred dollar bill," said DeLong.

In an unrelated case, police were called to Target in the Tiger Town shopping center because employees were suspicious about traveler's checks.

"The traveler's checks were indeed frauds, fakes, they contacted police," said DeLong.

Opelika Police say there are a few ways businesses can protect themselves. One is to use the money marking pens to make sure you don't get counterfeit money. The other is with traveler's checks, if you get two; make sure you never get ones with the same serial number.

The check at Target was for $100. Police also found out that another fake check for $400 was used at TJ Maxx about an hour earlier. Police have more questions about the checks.

"How they obtained them, where they were made, and things like that. That is something our investigators will continue to pursue right up until trial," said DeLong.

Police did arrest two people for using the fake traveler's checks. They are still investigating the cases with the credit card charges and the counterfeit one hundred dollar bill.

Opelika police say most businesses in the area have good procedures dealing with fake money or checks.

Captain DeLong says if you're not sure if money is fake, you should call police and also get tips from a bank.

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