A recent item on the Tucson News Now web site describes another instance of an old, and widespread, scam. Someone (a scammer) sends you a check for more than you expected. They tell you to deposit the check in your account and send them back the difference. By the time your bank tells you that the scammer’s check is no good, the scammer has cashed the check you sent back to them. This scam usually depends on the scammer’s check looking genuine enough to fool you, but even if the check looks perfectly genuine, that doesn’t mean it’s not fake, or from a closed or nonexistent account or bank, etc. Even cashier’s checks can be fake.
I have said it before: stop for just a moment and ask yourself if what the other person is asking you to do makes sense. If not, don’t do it until you have verified that it’s legit.
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