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Fraud Alert-Check Scams

by MSDFCU | Aug 19, 2019
Lately, we’ve experienced issues with members encountering fake check scams. We thought it would be helpful to share some information from the Federal Trade Commission consumer information website.

Lately, we’ve experienced issues with members encountering fake check scams. We thought it would be helpful to share some information from the Federal Trade Commission consumer information website.

“Fake checks drive many types of scams – like those involving phony prize wins, fake jobs, mystery shoppers, online classified ad sales, and others. In a fake check scam, a person you don’t know asks you to deposit a check – sometimes for several thousand dollars and usually for more than what you are owed – and wire some of the money back to that person. The scammers always have a good story to explain the overpayment – they’re stuck out of the country, they need you to cover taxes or fees, you need to buy supplies, or something else. But by the time your bank discovers you’ve deposited a bad check, the scammer already has the money you sent, and you’re stuck paying the rest of the check back to the bank.”

To learn more and view the infographic and signup for consumer alerts, visit the FTC website.

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