State Police are investigating a check-stealing scheme going on in Wayne County.
They've recently received several calls from people in the Town of Ontario who had mail stolen out of their mailboxes.
Police say the thieves take information at the bottom of checks used to pay bills, and use that information to illegally have additional blank checks made.
"What they're doing is making starter checks right around the check number that you used to write that specific bill, and people are getting taken for thousands of dollars because they don't catch on for maybe a couple of weeks," said Trooper Mark O'Donnell, New York State Police.
Police advise people to mail their bills from the post office, not from home.
Anyone with information should contact their local State Police barracks.