Have You Ever Gotten One Of Those Fake Checks In The Mail ?

@Cherryd41 (1121)
United States
October 13, 2009 5:44pm CST
Have you ever gotten one of those checks in the mail that are made out to you for several thousand dollars? My husband and I did ,we didn't cash it of course but it surely looked legit the scammers are getting clever now a days! They evidently stole a legit business companies letter head style and logo attached it with a formal letter (that was full of typos )that was one of the biggest clues that it was fake. And they also used the name from a legit company and told us we should cash the check and then pay two other people in the letter for processing fees and also go to western union and wire the money to those 2 people. They tell you to deposit the check and then proceed to the western union and wire the money to the people specified in the letter It really looked legit but we know we didn't have any money coming to us like that but you would be surprised to know how many people fall for this scam . We looked online and done research regarding this issue and actually got to download some of the stories from some of the people who had their life savings taken ,lost their homes,pride, bad credit , huge debt,and so on its really sad that these people do things like this . But you have to protect yourself not fall for the hype and lies.Mail fraud ,check fraud ,identity theft are multi billion dollar business here in the US for those of you who live across the pond how is it where you are? Do you know of anyone or have you experienced anything like this yourself?
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• United States
14 Oct 09
I got one once and took it straight to the police station along with the mans phone number and print outs of all of the emails he had sent me. They traced the man back to the UK and one week later it was on the national news that they had caught 5 people in the UK for running the scam. Always send all emails, and all postal mails to the police. That way they can catch them.
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@Cherryd41 (1121)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hi Laceycyoung Good for you! They messed with the wrong person when they came across you huh? Serves them right glad to hear you were able to follow up on that and see the progress of your actions I'm sure it felt good to see it all unfold
• United States
13 Oct 09
Yes, oh yes! I had this happen too me twice, one check for $10,000 and another $25,000, letter stated I won a lottery. The problem is if you cash them at your bank. The bank will allow you to get the money a few days later and in about 27 days after that. Your bank will be so kind as to let you know the check that they cleared is not good. It's bad you can't trust any kind of winnings anymore. According to my emails, I am a millionare so I don't have to worry. I have won every tpye of lottery overseas. I just have to send them the fee for my check, and the money is all mine I get checks like that all the time for secret shoppers around $1,500. or more.Everybody has some kind of scam. If you know it's not yours, then walk away from it.
@Cherryd41 (1121)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hi Ajosephine Amen to that ! I too have won every type of overseas lottery imaginable, I have won millions upon millions from Scotland, Ireland, Great Britain,Spain,South Africa, you name it I won it I'm set for life! It to bad that there are still some people who buy into these scams I guess as long as there are people out there like that these people will continue to do what they do
@UmiNoor (3535)
• Malaysia
13 Oct 09
Wow, this sort of thing is still happening. In my country what happened is that a person will come to you claiming that the bank is closed and he needs to cash in his cheque which can be worth thousands of dollars. He'll settle for half the amount as he needs the money urgently. Let's say the sum on the cheque is $10,000. He'll ask for $5,000 so you can get the $10,000 cheque. You believe him and gave him $5,000 thinking that for that amount you'll get an extra $5,000. But lo and behold, when you cash the cheque on Monday, the cheque got bounced. This is a true story I read in the papers that happened here in my country. I think to be taken in by this sort of scam is the result of greed. The scammer is very good at finding the right button to push to get you to agree with what he wants you to do. So beware when a stranger asks for you for money.
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• United States
14 Oct 09
I really live by the rule that if they want me to "western union money" they are scammers. Good for you with doing the research. I can't imagine having nothing, having everything, having nothing... all in the blink of an eye.
@Cherryd41 (1121)
• United States
14 Oct 09
Hi Jodylee Good point about Western Union there is no way I am wiring money to anybody I don't know via Western Union. They want the money wired Western Union because they don't want their real location known. A lot of these places pick up and leave so often they don't usually stay in once place to long when they feel the heat is on they just close up shop and set up someplace else
@happy6162 (3011)
• United States
14 Oct 09
I have gotten some of these check on the mail too. When I read and they want me to deposit and then wire someone else money from the check I said to myself noway. If these other people are suppose to get money then the person making out the check can pay them. I do not fall for any of these types of check that I receive.
@prinzcy (5058)
• Malaysia
14 Oct 09
Wow, this is the first time I hear they're sending checks in real life! I used to received those scam mails in my emails but never in real life. I guess they know not everyone is buying the old method so they switch it to something a bit different. I must say these scammers are pretty creative. If they make a good use of their creativity, they might do something big by now.