Check in the Mail
Fake Check Scams: How They Work
(with video below) The Fake Check Scam occurs this way: the scammer asks for your business services – whatever they might be – and sends you a check with an amount that’s much bigger than the one you asked. Then, the criminals acknowledge his mistake but give you the “green light” to deposit the whole amount in your account. In exchange, you are asked to send him the difference and keep some of the money for your trouble.
If you do this, their check bounces a few days later and you are responsible for the money missing to your bank.
Watch the video below to see the sneaky Fake Check Scam exposed:
Fake Check Scam Variations
For exact examples with different twists of the Fake Check Scam, check out the following variations:
Fake Check: Car Wrap Variation
Fake Check: Mystery Shopper Variation
Fake Check: New Roommate Variation
Fake Check: Vacation Rental by Renter Variation
Fake Check: Pet Sitter Variation
The latest scam on this topic is a check from a company called Consolidated Bottle Corporation. The crooks are pretending to offer jobs and paid gigs if the recipient of the check helps with some market research or with taking a survey on behalf of the company.
Fake Check Scam: How To Avoid
Never deposit a check with an amount bigger than you expected. Ask the scammer to send you a new check. He won’t and you will lose the money for the services, but that’s better than losing large amounts of money from your bank account.
FBI is cracking on this scam already, but the number of criminals is growing day by day.
Fake Check Scam: How To Report
Make your family and friends aware of the Fake Check Scam by sharing it on social media using the buttons provided. You can also officially report the scammers to the Federal Trade Commission using the link below: