A new Help Me Hank check scam you need to know about

Washed Away: A Help Me Hank Scam Alert. Bad guys writing blank checks in local people's names.

We put our money in the bank to be safe.

But this new check scam has criminals cleaning up and wiping out your account.

Nationwide there was over $1 billion in losses last year. One victim said we might as well put our money under the mattress.

Local 4 Consumer Investigator Hank Winchester says it’s a new crime that’s costing some local people big money.

Watch Washed Away: A Help Me Hank Scam Alert - Monday at 5:45 p.m. on Local 4 News and streaming on Local 4+.