This check is not a scam!

December 06, 2011

For years, the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana has been warning residents to beware scam checks mailed out by illegitimate sweepstakes companies, but checks for $18 sent by “Foreign Currency Fee Litigation Settlement Fund” are real and can be cashed or deposited.


The BBB of Acadiana recently received several calls on the checks and discovered the source of the money is legitimate.


According to national BBB sources, the checks are the result of a 2009 settlement over the fees credit card companies charged people when using their card abroad. Those traveling outside the U.S. between Feb. 1996 and Nov. 2006 may receive this check.


In many cases, customers did not opt into the settlement themselves, but were opted in by their banks. To read the full settlement, please visit


Even though these checks are valid, the BBB advises consumers treat any checks received in the mail from unfamiliar sources with suspicion.

The BBB is an unbiased, non-profit organization which sets and upholds high standards for fair and honest business behavior. Every year, more than 87 million consumers rely on BBB Business Reviews® and BBB Wise Giving Reports® to help them find trustworthy businesses and charities across North America.

The BBB of Acadiana service area includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Martin, St. Landry and Vermilion parishes. Start With Trust. Always check with the BBB before you do business. Please visit the Better Business Bureau of Acadiana at