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Bank Swindles Made Easy.

(Manchester Guirdian.) An audacious mode of swindling' has just been brought to light. A man of respectable appearance called at one of the banks in Manchester, and representing himself as a newly-appointed agent of a firm of provision merchants in Cork, said that he wished to open an account because of the greater convenience he would thereby have in making his remittances. Strange to say, the authorities at the bank, without requiring any proof of the bona fide of the applicant, allowed him to deposit a sum of money, along with a cheque for £SB 10s., payable on a bank at Garston, near Liverpool. They at the same time supplied him with a cheque book in the customary manner. The cheque was forwarded to Garston in due course, but on Monday morning before a reply could be received, the man presented a cheque from the book which had been issued to him on the Saturday for pretty nearly the whole amount that he had deposited, inclusive of the £SB 10s. The cheque was cashed, and next day that which had been drawn upon the Garston Bank was returned with the endorsement —“No effects. ” It was evident the Man* cheater bank had been swindled of nearly £SB, and inquiries which were made confirmed this view. It was also found that cheques-books had been obtained in a similar manner from the bank at Garston, and from banks in Runcorn and elsewhere. The name given at Manchester was “ Frederick Lees at Garston it was “ James Lyons and Brothers.”

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Bank Swindles Made Easy. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 26, 25 November 1879

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