Updated Post by Mary Kauffman, Editor SitNews
Fake Check Scams could cost you thousands of dollars!! These scams have been around for decades. Be educated, the responsibility is yours.
There is no legitimate reason for someone who is wanting to buy something you post in the classifieds to send you more than the item costs and ask you to send money back.
It is so EASY for crooks to create checks that look like real cashier's checks or checks from businesses that even bank employees can be fooled.
are used in a variety of scams, especially SHIPPPING SCAMS.
Scam artists make up elaborate stories to persuade you to deposit a check for more than the item costs, use some of the funds to ship the item and wire back the remainder of the funds to them.
They don't really want your merchandise, they want your money and will get it by offering overpayments on items you advertise in the classifieds.....
Weeks later the bank informs you that the check was bogus, and the bank deducts the amount that was credited to your account. If there isn't enough to cover it, the bank may be able to take money from other accounts you have with the bank or sue you to recover the funds.
If you receive a check from an unfamiliar person or business, be skeptical. There is no legitimate reason for someone who is giving you money to ask you to wire money back.
Learn more about Fake Check Scams at http://www.fakechecks.org
This alert message has been posted numerous times over the years by Mary Kauffman, SitNews Editor