EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (AP) — Eau Claire police have arrested a person found with more than $700,000 worth of fake checks and money orders. Authorities say the documents were used in elaborate online scams.

Police say the scam involved posing as a buyer on Craigslist and sending checks for more than the amount owed.

Officer Jason Kaveney says scammers would suggest the seller cash the check, keep a little extra and send back the rest.

Kaveney tells Wisconsin Public Radio the false documents were professionally made, with “extraordinary” quality.

He says many such scammers are never caught because they’re so hard to track.

Sandy Chalmers is with Wisconsin’s Trade and Consumer Protection division. She warns that no one doing legitimate business would ever send a check for more than the purchase amount.

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