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Counterfeit Check Scam

Heather Kadavy,

July 01, 2013

Managing Your Money

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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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Thank you for posting and being alert. It does have some red flags.
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I am being sent a check from Brian walterest for a job the check is for 2100 and I haven’t even started work is this real

I reasonelly received a check for 2.950.00 for secret shopper remitted name Donald M Long a cashiers check # 613011282 from Union Bank in San Francisco. California 20360 015 is it real what I want to no

I received a text offering a position to become a secret shopper for walmart. I responded with my information last week on June 25th, 2019. I check3d mail today and cashiers check in mail for $2950.00.

I got supposedly hired to do a virtual assistant job but i was hired through a guy said to be don elliott who got my resume from linked in. Several weeks later I recieved a 2495.56 check from elan general contracting inc. The check was said to be 400.oo for my pay then the other was for work materials printer and software...i was told to deposit the check and get back to him with the deposit slip..i am skeptical about this. Has anyone had interactions with this company or man?

Hey Rachael, that definitely sounds fishy. Sharing the deposit slip would reveal things like your account number to him. I'd recommend calling your bank's customer support to talk through the likelihood of this being fraud.

Hi wanted to stop this scam check. I had got in mail that I deposited.

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