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Counterfeit Check Scam

Heather Kadavy,

July 01, 2013

Managing Your Money


If you can answer YES to any of the following questions, you MAY have been the victim of a counterfeit scam, which is targeting Internet and Chat Room participants.

If any of the following are true, please contact your bank immediately to ensure that you do not fall victim to a foreign counterfeit scam and lose money.

  • Have you recently been contacted via email, Internet chat rooms regarding the purchase of an item you have for sale on the Internet such as a boat, car, jewelry, etc?
  • Have you recently been contacted by someone who wants to make an investment into a business you want to establish?
  • Have you recently been contacted about winning a lottery that you did not enter?
  • Did you receive a check within 24-48 hours from a person or entity other than the person or entity that indicated they were within your conversations?
  • Did the check arrive with a Canadian or non-U.S. postal mark?
  • Is the amount of the check more than the selling price of the item?
  • Have you been asked to assist in the distribution of money from another country?
  • Have you been instructed to wire funds out of the country as soon as possible due to a change in the original agreement?

Know who you are doing business with. If something seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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I received a check in the amount of 2,999.40, check # 0046752. Check written by Madison Risk & Insurance Services. Is it real? I do not know Madison or why they sent me a check.

Hi Jim, thanks for posting here, and for being alert. A UBT Customer Support team member will be contacting you shortly.

I received a check also from the same company in the same amount by the same company check number 46623 looks real but sure is a scam.

I received a cashier's check in the amount of 5040.00 from Union bank . From a Tamika Johnson through priority mail today. I figured it was a fake or fraud. What should I do with it

Hi Rebecca, thanks for your comment. Someone on our Customer Support Team will be reaching out to you soon.

I received an " Official Check " from Union Bank ; Marksville, Lousiana for $2,872.44. The remitter is Daniel Webb, signature is Jeanette Brown. It was issued by Moneygram Payment Systems.

Hi Constance, thanks for posting. Please check with Union Bank in Marksville (we're in Nebraska) about the check.

Received a check from someone in Arizona trying to buy my motorcycle in nyc. Doesnt have a name on it besides group insurance trust and signature is not legible. Check number is 31765 and its for double the amouny asked for my bike the other half is suppose to go to a "delivery service"

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