Fake Check Scams

How to Spot, Avoid and Report Fake Check Scams

 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 you are owed — and send some of the money to another person. The scammers always have a good story to explain why you can’t keep all the money. They might say they need you to cover taxes or fees, you’ll need to buy supplies, or something else.

Fake checks come in many forms. They might look like business or personal checks, cashier’s checks, money orders, or a check delivered electronically. Here’s what you need to know about fake check scams.

Learn more about the types of fake check scams, how to spot and avoid them and how to report them through this in-depth article from the FTC.

 

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