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It's the most wonderful time of the year, especially for scam artists

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

It's the most wonderful time of the year, especially for scam artists.  According to UC Police, there's a check-cashing scam circulating campus targeting students. 

The UC Police Department says this most recent scam is a check cashing scam. They say a woman has been approaching students with a check of her own and having them go to an ATM on campus, like this one here. Once the student deposits her check into their account, the scammer asks the student to withdraw the cash and give it to her. Unfortunately for trusting students, her check was fake all along.

"I actually think that people take advantage of college kids because we want to give them the benefit of the doubt and not think that everyone is bad so it can be kind of hard trying to judge that,” said UC Junior Erin Lefever.

Unfortunately, UC Police say students have been falling victim to this latest scam. They say a woman in her mid-20s has been approaching students and asking them to deposit her check in their account and asking for the cash in return. Police say by the time the students realize the woman's is a fake, it's too late.

"You just have to be smart and somebody coming up to you and asking you to go to the ATM with them, you just shouldn't do it," Lefever told us.

Police tell us the suspect is known to them and that she's a 24 year old African-American woman, about 5-feet 1-inch tall and weighing around 145 pounds, who has had run-ins with the law before.

"I would never go near my bank account with anyone I don't know but people are really helpful and would do it,” said UC student Alyssa Gardener.

So, if you're a student on campus or if you frequent the area, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for this suspect to make sure you don't fall victim to this scammer's scheme.

If you want more safety tips, download UC’s LiveSafety app which will provide you with more security and emergency information via text and email. 

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