Beware of Fake Check Scams
The Bank of Gillette wants to share a story with you that may hit close to home.
Let’s call her Mary.
Mary receives an email from someone she doesn’t know wanting to make a very large purchase through her beauty care business. It’s a surprise for the “buyer’s” sister, who has cancer, and needs it as soon as possible. Mary tells the buyer she will order the products as soon as she receives payment. The buyer completely understands and agrees to send a check overnight via a reputable carrier. Sure enough, the next day the check is delivered. To Mary’s surprise, it is for a large amount over what Mary had told the buyer it would be. The buyer states there has been a mistake and to just go ahead and cash the check and send the extra money back with the products.
Luckily for Mary, she checked with her local bank who confirmed the check was not valid. If Mary would have cashed it, she would have been out a large amount of money in addition to her products.
Sound familiar? Fake check scams are happening at an alarming rate in our country. Don’t let yourself or someone you know fall victim. Always be wary. Never take a check from someone you don’t know, never send money back to someone, and, if you are selling products, consider using an online payment system.
Our CEO Paul Brunkhorst recently followed a typical online scam to demonstrate the growing trend. See his experience, here.
If you have any doubts about a check you receive, Bank of Gillette can help you verify if it is valid.