Watch out for fake check scams

BBB continues to receive calls about various fake check scams. It may be tempting, but any unexpected check or money order is probably too good to be true. One thing common for all of these scams is that you will be instructed to deposit the check into your account, return some of the money, and keep a nice bonus for yourself. The problem is.…by the time the check bounces, you’ve already sent your money to the scammers and now you’re on the hook. The story behind the mysterious check is always changing but the most common ones are: you’ve won a foreign lottery; you’ve got a new work at home job processing payments; you over paid for an item that you were selling online or in the paper; a stranger emails you asking you to cash a check for them and wire the money back as a favor.

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About Trisha Sefakis

I started at BBB|Cincinnati in 2004 as the Database Coordinator, I am now the Manager of Digital Media.