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:

Report Scammers To The FTC Here


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gary

This scam is real and if you think your bank won’t hold you responsible for the bounced funds, think again. They’re not about to eat a bad check just because you made a mistake

Nilkanth

Another scam: My Dear Beloved In The Lord, My Name is Mrs. Sandra Korjev,I am married to late Yuri Korjev who was an Oil Merchant and international businessman before he died in the year 2001 after a brief illness that lasted for only five days. Before the Untimely death of my husband we were both born again Christians. When my late husband was Alive he deposited the sum of ($18,000,000.00 USD) with a Bank in Europe whose name is withheld Until we open up communication. Following my ill health, my Doctor told me that i may not last for the… Read more »

Gary

In the "dying" scams, the scammers finally quit saying they’ve had a stroke. Now it’s "inability to move around" or something similar. That’s a big tip-off, too. They sure can write a nice long scam letter despite their "stroke" or "inability to move." ROFL

Simon

Scam Artist/bounced check please be careful for people like this:
Jemel Lyles 3rd
CEO/Chairman at JL Capital and Holdings
Washington D.C. M…

Starlight

I just received one check for $1,300 after a "U.S. Airlines Award Notification". Beware, it’s a scam, just as reported in this article!

Bonnie

my friend was scammed, she received a check in the mail to cover her cost on being a shopper and buy these things Making reports and such on how the customer service was. The check was for $1,500.00. It sounded to good to be true,she was excited to work. She’s been looking for employment for quite awhile. Since she didn’t have bank acct. I let her use my acct. cause I was sure the bank would hold it till it cleared. Well, it cleared and she took the money and spent it, and couldn’t get a hold of her so… Read more »

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Becareful for Franya Ruiz, she will have you order all of these products and promise to pay. Then she will hold you accountable for for returning the money and your stuck because you have placed non refundable deposits.

Oscar garibaldi

If someone sends me a large check, a few grand or more
I’m cashing it right away! I can really use the money during these
Tuff times…

Nicole

Teck mining sent a check fpr over 2,900.00.. No clue why… Came in a blank envelope..

Teda

I just received a check for 3,450 through fed ex and I’m wondering if its real before I cash it because the people who sent it to me said that their with cigna insurance company and the job was a online job and that they will send a check so that I can go to get special tailor made supplies for their company heeeellppp please.

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