February 1, 2009 2:24am CST
I received checks from a scammer about 4 yrs ago. I took them to the banks the banks said they looked legit but put a 30day hold on them to be sure. A few days after taking them to the bank I got a phone call saying the checks were fraudulent and I said thank you and reported it to the police. Then a few months later I got a knock on the door at about 10:30 pm and it was a cop. He came in and asked me about the checks and said that the OPP wanted me investigated because I had taken them to the bank. When all was said and done they did not charge me with anything because I had in fact showed my concern that they may be fake. Well they were fraudulent and STOLEN. Anyway that's my story. I hope no one ever falls victim to this type of scam. It is very scary to have the police at your door and thinking you may end up in jail. Have you been scammed before? Did anything happen to you?
2 Feb 09
Yea from the getgo I kinda felt like something was off and that's why I asked the bank to look into it first. They wanted what every other scammer wants. Cash the cheque and send part of the money back to them. I'm just glad it didn't work or I would have been in major trouble.
1 Feb 09
One of my friends was sent an email last year asking his address, etc and told him that he has won 40000 US$ in lottery, He knew it was a scam but for fun and to see what might happen, he emailed them back with his contact details, etc. Unexpectedly, he recieved cheque from them in 2 weeks time. It came from USA but probably originated from Nigeria. Since Nigeria is popular in these kind of online scams ,etc. He took the cheque to his bank and paid that into his account. A few days later, he went to ATM machine to draw some cash but he saw a message on screen telling him that his ATM card has been blocked. He went to the bank customer services and they told him that the cheque he deposited was associated with a bank account that is in thier fraud database and they did not want to re-active his account again. After trying to convince them that he had no link with the sender and after a few security checks on him , the bank aeventually opened his account after 2 weeks. Make sure you never give your contact detais to these scammers else you might be in jail someday!
• United States
3 Feb 09
I am curious where did you get the checks from? Was it people that owed you money and that is how they paid for it? I have been scammed before. It was from some company saying I won 5,000 dollars and I had to call them and confirm my adress with them. So I called. They said that the money order was on its way and that I was to call them when it cleared at the bank. They sent me the money order and I cashed it in to the bank....I didn't know you could forge money orders! So I called them backand told them the money order cleared (it hadn't yet, but I wanted to see what they said) They sounded surprised, I started asking them questions like why did you need to know when it cleared and other questions. They hung up on me!! This made me curious so I didn't spend any of the money and I started looking into where this company was and I searched the phone number and all sorts of things, NOTHING matched up! Then what do you know I get a call from the bank saying the money order was a fake and they had to take the money out of my account. Which was fine with me, and I explained to them what I had found out they informed me to call BBB so I did and even they were surprised to hear of a fake money order and said they would look into it. Funny thing is after I got this all taken care of I called that number back that I was to call and confirm my adress with and it was no longer in service.
• United States
3 Feb 09
I haven't been scammed before and I know some people who have been and get these checks like you did. Luckily I don't think they get visited by the cops. I mean you were the one to report it so why would you be a part of the scam know what I mean. Glad they didn't charge you with anything.