“Fake Check” Scam

It’s a new twist on the “fake check” scam: People across the country are receiving letters in the mail—accompanied by large checks—inviting them to earn extra money.

The letter invites you to become a paid mystery shopper in your area or complete a survey or you have won a sweepstakes.  The letterhead and check appear to come from a legitimate U.S. company.

Here’s how it works: the letter instructs you to deposit the check— for, say, $3,750—into your checking account, purchase gift cards with a portion of the money and send photos of the gift cards to a contact. Sounds like an easy way to make money, right? But if you deposit the check, you’ll get a notice from the bank that it bounced. And you’re left holding the bag for the $3,750.

If an offer sounds too good to be true or is for a giveaway you do not participate in, be careful.

If you receive a “fake check” scam, please contact your local police department.