A consumer from Lake Placid, Florida reported to BBB that she received a fake check as part of a scam secret shopper operation operating as Con-Safety Mystery Shopping Co.
In a letter along with the fake check, she was instructed to deposit the $2,996 check, then return all but $340 to shop with… a scam familiar to Better Business Bureau.
Convinced that it was a scam, she called the real business, Construction Safety Products Inc., in Shreveport, to report the check, which was drawn on their name.
The owner of the business then immediately called the BBB to ask for assistance.
After BBB looked into the check, it was discovered that the check was using the name of a real local Shreveport business and was a counterfeit check with a real account number and bank routing number.
Better Business Bureau, as part of an investigation, interviewed the owner of the company, who said the fake check looked very similar to the real ones used by his business.
The incident was also reported to the bank, which immediately took steps to look into the matter and protect the account of the business owner as well as prevent further bank fraud against the company.
According to BBB reports, scammers will often intercept real checks from real businesses, “wash them,” then use them to perpetuate check scams on unsuspecting consumers and legitimate businesses.
Some important tips for businesses regarding checks:
Important tip for the consumer: