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Scam Alert: Counterfeit Check Scams

Posted by Ellen Brown | Dec 31, 2023

Counterfeit check scams are when someone sends you a fake check and asks you to deposit it and then send them some money in return. This is a common scam that can happen through email, social media, or even the mail. Here are some tips to help you avoid counterfeit check scams:

  1. Be wary of unsolicited checks: If someone you don't know sends you a check, be careful. Don't deposit it until you're sure it's safe.

  2. Verify the check: Before depositing a check, verify its authenticity with the bank that issued it. Don't use the phone number listed on the check, instead, look up the bank's contact information online.

  3. Don't send money back: Scammers may ask you to send them money after you've deposited the check, but before it has cleared. Don't send them any money, as the check may be fake and you could lose your own money.

  4. Don't be rushed: Scammers may pressure you to deposit the check quickly and send them money right away. Don't let them rush you, as this may be a tactic to prevent you from realizing the check is fake.

  5. Report suspicious activity: If you think you've been targeted by a counterfeit check scam, report it to the bank that issued the check, or to the Federal Trade Commission.

Remember, it's always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to counterfeit check scams. If you're not sure whether a check is legitimate, don't deposit it until you've verified its authenticity. And never send money to someone you don't know or trust. Instead, report any suspicious activity to the appropriate authorities.

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