Beware Of Fake Check Scams

Better Business Bureau’s, Caitlin Driscoll tells listeners ways to avoid check scams

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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – According to a CBS article, the Better Business Burear released a reports that shows billions of dollars of fake checks circulate every year.  “Tens of thousands of people fall victim to these scams every year.  Scammers will send consumers a fake check and ask them to send money to accounts they set up for fake business purposes, but the checks bounce back days later.”

You may think this will never happen to you, but don’t be so sure.

Better Business Bureau, Public Relations Director, Caitlin Driscoll tells The KDKA Radio Afternoon News, “This is an interesting scam in the sense that now a days consumers are actually writing fewer checks  with this being the era of electronic financial transactions.”

“But these fake check scams are just so prevalent now that people are falling for it especially young victims.  If you receive a check from someone that is not a family member or a person that you know, it’s a good idea to wait at least two weeks to make sure that the check really is good and not counterfeit.”

Driscoll adds that it is a common misconception that people make that just because the money may be available or credited to your account doesn’t mean the check is valid. 

It should always be a red flag if you are being asked to pay money up front or to give money back. 

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