Check Cashing and Money Order Scams


woman looking in mailboxWhether you are selling a couch on Craig’s List or responding to a job ad, this scam usually works this way: The person you are doing business with “accidentally” sends you a check for more than the amount they owe you. They ask you to deposit it into your bank account and then send them the difference via a wire service such as Western Union. A deposited check takes a couple of days to clear, whereas wired money is gone instantly. When the original check bounces, you are out whatever money you wired…and you’re still stuck with the old couch.