Thursday, June 9, 2011

Be cautious of fake-check scams

Okaloosa County Sheriff Larry Ashley is caution residents regarding fake checks. Each and every month in Okaloosa County hundreds of customers try to deposit bogus checks they have received in the mail into their banks, credit unions or extra check cashing businesses. Thankfully, for the most part financial institutions will notice the counterfeit checks and recommend their customers of the scam.

Unfortunately, a lot of consumers end up losing thousands of dollars – in detail, the average loss is $3,500. When you deposit a forged check into your account, and then wire money to the crooks as they have bound for, you will be held liable for the money misplaced by the bad check. Use fine common sense – keep in mind there is nothing for free!

Common fake check scams
If suppose you have win a foreign lottery or sweepstakes. That’s not possible unless you traveled to that country to go through, because it is illegal to purchase or sell tickets across the U.S. border. If you contribute in a foreign lottery scam, your name will be on a “sucker list” buy and sell by other scammers. Crooks email you with promises of millions to deposit resources into your account. They make believe to be business people, government officials or royalty, but this is a hazardous scam that is never true.

Craig's List or E-Bay job offers are from somebody not good enough to move and/or acquire items for service. Buyers suggest overpayments on items you advertised in classify ads or an online auction. They request you to deposit the check in your account and revisit the excess to them. Never believe an overpayment. Possible rental tenants maintain to be moving from outside the region. They send a check for more than the deposit and after that ask you to mail some of it back. Fake checks shows to be drawn from a rightful American bank and may claim to be a cashier’s check. But anybody can make a counterfeit a check with a computer, check-writing software and a printer.

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