Don’t bank on it: Fake check scams making the rounds

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By Heather Massey

It may seem like your lucky day to look through your mail and find a random, legitimatelooking check written out to you for several thousand dollars but think before you take the money and run. Chances are, that check is a forgery. Fake check and money order scams take on many different forms, but the underlying scheme is typically the same.

The stories that con artists use vary widely. You might be selling something online and the scammer pretends to be interested in a purchase. Or scammers will “hire” you for a job, such as secret shopping, or tell you you’ve won a sweepstakes prize.

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