Counterfeit Check Scam Alert

Counterfeit check scams are on the rise in our area. There are many types of fake check scams, but it all starts when someone offers you a realistic-looking check and asks you to send cash somewhere in return. It’s phony, and so is the person’s story, but that may take days to dis­cover. 

How The Scam Works  


When you deposit that fake check or if you supply the con artist with your bank information to deposit that check electronically, YOU are the one responsible for it and any returned check fees.  The crook gets richer when you send them the money, and you’ll be responsible for the check deposited or cashed. View a recent counterfeit check and letter received by one of our members


Don’t Fall For The Scam 


These scammers use high quality printers and scanners to make fake checks that look real. These fakes can be corporate checks, personal checks, cashier’s checks, and money orders. They use them in fraudulent schemes, including offer of employment, payment for services, lottery, overpayment, Internet auction, and secret shopper scams. The best way to avoid being a victim is to be cau­tious. If it seems too good to be true, it likely is. Review the Federal Trade Commission’s consumer alert on the latest scams or file a Consumer Complaint at http://www.consumer.ftc.gov/.