Media Release

SCAM ALERT: Fraudulent Checks

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 4:45 PM

ALACHUA COUNTY, FL- Alachua County Fire Rescue has received numerous calls from citizens across the United States who have received fraudulent checks bearing the department’s name. Anyone receiving a check from “Alachua County Fire Rescue” should consider the check fraudulent and notify the Alachua County Finance & Accounting Department at 352-374-3605.

The checks arrive via the United States Postal Service and appear to be legitimate. Often, the package containing the check will be sent using the USPS’s “Priority Mail 2-Day” service and have a valid tracking number. It has been noted that the return address listed for Alachua County Fire Rescue on the envelop and the business address on the check do not match. 

Bank of America has been notified of this scam and will not honor checks that meet the description provided.

View the shipping label.

View the fraudulent check.

For more information, contact the Alachua County Finance and Accounting Department at 352-374-3605.


  • Mark Sexton
  • Communications & Legislative Affairs Director
  • Phone: 352-374-5204
  • Cell: 352-283-2317

If you have a disability and need an accommodation in order to participate in a County program, service or public meeting, please contact the Alachua County Equal Opportunity Office at 352-374-5275 at least 2 business days prior to the event. TTY users please call 711 (Florida Relay Service).