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10 ways fake check scammers find you

10 ways fake check scammers find you

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According to the Consumer Federation of America, 1 in 3 American adults has received a counterfeit check, and of those, 2 percent actually deposit the checks and send money to the scammers.

"That's about the same response that a legitimate direct marketer would get," CFA's Susan Grant told KOMO TV. "And that means that at least 1.3 million people in the United States have been victims."

Consumer reporter Connie Thompson reports on 10 ways that phony check scammers track you down so they can then try to lure you into cashing a check and sending them money.

Among their tactics:checkbook

  • Phony sweepstakes, lotteries and prize drawings compel you to fill out entry forms.
  • Telemarketers coax you out of information to build mailing lists.
  • Respond to your classified ads.
  • Get you to respond to bogus surveys online.
  • Pretending to be your soul mate on dating sites.
  • Friending you on social networking sites.
  • Government grants.
  • Job offers.
  • Fake charity appeals.
  • Work at home schemes.

{UPDATE: Since so many readers have asked about where to report fake check scams, I'm adding these resources:}

  • MAIL FRAUD: U.S. Postal Inspection Service, call 1-800-372-8347 or file a complaint  online.
  • TELEMARKETING FRAUD: Phonebusters, the Canadian anti-fraud call center: 1-888-495-8501, 
  • SPAM: The Federal Trade Commission,
  • INTERNET CRIMES: FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center,

Posted by Kristin Alexander All Consuming Blog Moderator at 02/08/2010 03:27:47 PM | 

Oct 29, 2009, received a $3944.32 check from FundEX Processing Center, 3442 S Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89108; Phone 1-778-551-1342. Check was drawn by Worden Safety Products LLC, P.O. Box 970, Averill Park, NY 12018, phone 800-424-6257, drawn on KeyBank, West Sand Lake, NY 12496. Was instructed to contact claims manager, John Taylor at above number. Talked to John Taylor. Was told to deposit check. Deposited check at Chase and called Taylor again. Another number of Taylor 702-421-5247. Was asked to send $2500 by Western Union to James Murphy, 219 Malcolm Ave., Madrid, 28021 SPAIN. Taylor told me that after I send the $2500, a FedEx agent and their company courier will deliver $250000.00 winning to my residence within 2 hours. I did not send the money. The $3944.32 was returned by Chase "Account Closed".
Posted by: nellie calacat ( Email ) at 11/8/2009 8:41 PM

Thanks for posting your comment. My mother (a senior citizen) received a check for the exact same amount, from FundEx (same address), also drawn from Worden Safety Products through Keybank. She tried calling the phone# provided (778-316-2116) but only got a busy signal each time she tried. We thought it was too good to be true.
Posted by: Frank Marchese ( Email ) at 11/23/2009 9:33 AM

I, too, received a letter with a check in the amount of $3864.48 from the FundEX Processing Centre with a different address of 3186 N Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89170. The check was drawn on the account of Atlantic Gutter Supply Inc, 5 Industry St., Poughkeepsie, Ny 12603 at M & T Bank in Hopewell Juction, Ny 12533. I am to contact a Bob Martins @ 1-778-858-5071 to start my claim processing. I smell a SCAM. Phony!
Posted by: Charlene DiBenedetto ( Email ) at 11/28/2009 1:13 PM

The same thing was sent to me. Prize monies stayed the same but " check" amount has increased ($4,774.57) Wording used in the letter seemed unusual in places (like not written by a fluent speaker of English). The check certainly looks real but investigated the companies involved: The David J. Joseph Company ( a world-wide scrap metal broker which I can't see being involved, and FundExProcessing Centre (where the alarm went into overdrive). Further search led to this website and my posting. How blood-sucking can one get ??!!!
Posted by: Paula Williams ( Email ) at 12/2/2009 12:10 PM

Posted by: CHERRYBENSON ( Email ) at 12/7/2009 12:17 PM

We just received a letter no return address it looked from a foreign country, when we call the number it soundit like an men with a african accent the man wantit me to deposit the check my boyfriend told him I was going to cashit he insisted that I deposit the check . My boyfriend says that if I deposit the check they could call bank computer and ask computer were check was deposit or routed. ITS TO GOOD TO BE TRUE
Posted by: flor m reyes ( Email ) at 12/7/2009 2:38 PM

I just received a 3,500 check in the mail. The address is P.O. Box 970, Averill Park, NY 12018 from Keybank National Association. I immediatley went to the internet and I found this site. Thank goodness for this site!
Posted by: Trenease Taylor ( Email ) at 12/8/2009 3:22 PM

my sister recieved a check in the mail for 4450.00 from
[wordan safety] in Averill park, New york.

so we called the bank and were told NOT TO CASH IT !!!
the account is active but that there is no money available. So it is to good to be true..
Posted by: jahaira ( Email ) at 12/10/2009 7:57 AM

I received a check drawn on Worden Safety Products LLC. The bank was Keybank National Association, West Sand Lake, New York 12196
I did my investigation after the check was received. It sure did look real. I ask myself how did these people get my name and phone number and why isn't the federal government doing something about it trying to catch these scammers Thank God for the Internet!!!!!!!!! for research capabilities
Posted by: Maya M. Thomas ( Email ) at 12/13/2009 9:17 AM

I received a check for $3500 from Worden Safety Products, LLC. The letter said that for the $100,000 dollor prize I had won $2800 was owed for taxes. They also told me not do anything with the check until I talked to my agents, John Elvis or Judith Jones. I have tried to call but nothing but a busy signal. The check looks real. What a scam.
Posted by: Amanda ( Email ) at 12/16/2009 3:11 PM

I RECIEVED A CHECK FOR 3,500.00 from worden safety products and went strait to the internet and found out it was a scam thanks for all the info you have in the internet.
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Posted by: PLACIDO RODRIGUEZ ( Email ) at 12/28/2009 9:30 AM

Worden Safety has had their identity stolen. A Canadian-Jamaican-Nigerian crime organization is using this information to prey on individuals to defraud them of their money. This is a blatant scam. Worden does not give away money. Do not associate with these people!
Posted by: Worden Safety ( Email ) at 12/31/2009 8:13 AM

I recieved a check for $3470.10 and it was from Azaleous Corporation Seattle Washington telling me to contact Jimmy Johnson (778) 552-1265 thanks for posting this to let me know this was a scam
Posted by: Bettie Montoya ( Email ) at 1/2/2010 12:21 PM

My grandmother received a letter and a check for $3,785 from All State Trust Financial Inc stating that she won $250,000. The check header showed a Foley Hoag logo, and looked pretty legit, but knew it had to be a scam. Thanks for having this site, so I could show it to her!
Posted by: Jennifer ( Email ) at 1/12/2010 2:07 PM

My check is for $4,935.00 from Atlantic Gutter Supply and payable through M & T Bank. I'm supposed to wire $3,695.00 to two women named as "tax agents" and contact George Anderson at 1-778-858-1445 to start claim processing and activate my check number. Yep, it's a SCAM!!
Posted by: Ray Rodgers ( Email ) at 1/27/2010 4:39 PM

I received a letter from Azaleous Corp with a check for $4450. In finding your site, I found another person got a check from Azaleous. I called the Silicon Valley Bank which was the name on the check, and was told to fax them copies of letter and check. When I copied the check, "void, void, void" was shown on the check!! I can't believe anyone would even think to cash such a bogus check. Who can I file a complaint with to get these crooks?
Posted by: Bill Haymond ( Email ) at 2/5/2010 11:20 AM

My 92 year old mother-in-law received a similar letter from FundEX saying she had won $230,000.00 in a sweeps stake. Enclosed was a check for $3,470.10. She was to contact a claims manager and keep the winnings absolutely confidential until you receive the prize money. The check is issued from Azaleos Corporation 1938 Fairview Ave. E. Ste 100 Seattle, WA 96102
I appreciate the comments on this site.
Posted by: Glenda Polzin ( Email ) at 2/7/2010 3:07 PM

Me Too, I've recieved $1500 from some company i've never heard of. I thought I actually won anything, but when I went to the bank, and asked banker about this check, the banker told me that this was a scam! So I was able to save myself at the last minute. But I think we have to be aware of where our personal information is going to. If you guys are interested, I might not be a bad idea to check your computer for spyware or what not to make sure your personal information doesn't leak! [BLOG MODERATOR'S NOTE: A Web link was removed from this comment prior to posting.]
Posted by: Paul Lee ( Email ) at 2/8/2010 8:36 PM

I received a letter from fundex grant co. stating a relief grant was awarded to me in the amount of $47,496.00 Also enclosed was a check for $2496.00 which is supposed to be for administration fees and taxes. The check was from Bank of Brookhaven 41 Broadway Blvd. Brookhaven, MS 39601. The check looks completly authentic. When I searched Fundex on the internet I found this web site. I now realize that this is a scam. These people come up with these devious ideas just to con you out of your hard earned money. (DIRTY ----) [Comment edited per AGO policy.]
Posted by: Rodney Schmidt ( Email ) at 2/20/2010 9:54 PM

i also got a check from fundex saying i was awarded a grant relief for 47496.00. sounded to good to be true... so i looked up the company and this website came up.. so i called bank were the check was from and they said that there is no account for them...crazy...crazy....crazy......when i called the fundex toll free number and started questioning the guy on the phone about check he started to yell at me... plus there was only him that i could talk to......everyone else would have to call me back... now when i tryed to call no one picks up.... im moving furthere on with this to have them all shut down.... i hurt to be let down so hard.. my family could have realy used even a third of that money;
Posted by: lindsey ( Email ) at 2/24/2010 9:31 AM

They are still going... Fundex Investments Inc 3600 S. Las Vegas Blvd. Las Vegas, NV 89109
Wants me to call 778-551-0145 and speak to claims agent Michael Daniel about my $250,000 prize to arrive by courier in Certified Cashiers Check. Enclosed was a check for $3426.76 which looked very real from KEYPACK Industries - TN. Scam, Scam. All hail the power of the Internet!
Posted by: Kriss ( Email ) at 3/5/2010 6:57 PM

Yes I caretake for an elderly couple..and she received a check for $3426.76 from "The Bazaar, Inc" and the letter....what a scam these people are pulling....I have it in my possession because she was ready to go deposit it in her bank...I told her oh no it's a scam...
Posted by: A Ostrander ( Email ) at 3/16/2010 12:38 AM

I also got a check fromWordenSafety Products llc from KeyBank Westsand lake for the amt of $4,800.00 a letter that I had won 2nd prize from USA Mega sweepstakes. I checked your site and saw it was a scam Thank You, Janet
Posted by: Janet Neff ( Email ) at 5/4/2010 9:04 AM

I just received a sweepstakes winner letter from "Tower Corporation" , whose head office claims to be in London. The letter itself was from Canada. All I had to do was call them, then cash their check for $2700.50, and send them $1500 via Western Union, to pay for "government/bond fees", and I would receive a check for $117,000. After some thought, there were many reasons to think it was a scam. The lack of a return address, no corporate letterhead, no email or website. And why do I have to send them money, when they could have just used my "winnings" to pay the "fees". BOLO!
Posted by: Paula Poullos ( Email ) at 5/29/2010 6:06 AM

Was sent in the post mail from a online survery I did, it was from GTMI ( Guardian Trade Managemeny, Inc.) P.O box 623 new york, ny 10034. With a M & T Bank Manufactures and Trade Trust Company Delware Hertel Office 10-4 Branch 89. For the amount of $1,980.00. I'm lucky I did this for entertainment value to see if someone would send me one. And they did. I work with cashing checks everyday, and this one would have fooled me if I didn't have the time to exmaine it for awhile. Has the void so hard to see you wouldn't have seen it by just looking at it, but would have shown up if photo copied it. Please help spread the word about faurd checks, and if you know it is, cut off the numbers and black out your name and show and tell with everyone you know. I know I am.
Posted by: DBT ( Email ) at 6/25/2010 5:24 PM

I recd a check today 9/2/10 from FundEX Investment co. Fundex processing center for $4904.69 I was to call my agent PHILLIP METZ I called him he advised that I deposit the check and then call him. The #to call was 1=778-552-0930 he also advised ..that my tax amount is $2580USD
The letter is signed by Margaret Goshlin President
There is also a detachment to cut off asking my name ,address,and a place to sign angive to thier representative after I recieve my check which is to be a Certified Cashier's Check delivered by thier special courier company. If this is a Scam it's pretty impressive . the address is 3601 South Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas NV.89108 The check is from Castle Hills Center. San Antonio,TX 77239
Posted by: Harold Roselli ( Email ) at 9/1/2010 5:05 PM

I also received a letter from FundEx in the amount of 4931.26. I am supposed to deposit th check, and call my agent,Phillip Metz when I have done so. I am supposed to owe 2580 dollars in taxes, the rest is mine, ha ha. I want to thank you for this information, because this is the 4th check I have received from different so called companies. All I do is shred them. I might be a senior citizen, but I'm not stupid.
Posted by: Marietta Monceaux ( Email ) at 9/10/2010 12:12 PM

october12, 2010. i received a letter that i won 250,000 in a survey from coca-cola and home depot. a check was in the letter for $4,869.26. the letter read that the check was to pay taxes to the government for my bonus prize of 250,000. i called his name was Ron Gibson from Las Vegas, NV. 1-647--995-2270. i talk to him and he said i was a winner and if i had a bank account i said no. he said the check wit the letter will be cashed 1st and then i will receive a 250,000 dollar check. he told me not to tell anybody about the amount i won. thats when i knew something was up. 250,000 dollars gov. taxes will be 20,000 not 2-5 thousand
Posted by: James B ( Email ) at 10/12/2010 4:06 PM

I just received a letter in the mail for my father who has been deceased for the past 4 years from a JITA Enterprises, Inc. out of Homewood, IL. The letter states he is one of the winners in the "UK & NORTH AMERICA CONSUMER PROMOTION DRAW." He is guaranteed a sum of $50,000 in a certified check. Enclosed along with the letter was a check drawn on JPM Morgan Chase Bank, NA for $2980.00 which was supposed to help him with the non Residence Tax Clearance Fee. You are supposed to cash the check and send this tax officer, Brenda Ingelman of West Yorkshire, England, UK a Western Union Money order for the same.
These scammers even try and find you when you are no longer in this world.
Posted by: Carla S. Koval ( Email ) at 11/9/2010 8:17 AM

i was almost scam to by m and t bank manufactors and trades trust company delaware hetel office i took it to the bank they told me rigth away it was a scam 1995 dollars i was suppose to weatern union 1420 dollars an 100 dollars to shop with at walmart an 350 dollars my salary they wanted me to deposit the money in my checking account an then pull out the 1420 an then a100 the check no good if u have a copyer copy the check if its got void on it its no good watch out for these poeple they need stop im a house wife an we could use extra money to an this caugth my eyes an they abiout got me an my family times are hard i cant take a lick like that that would really hurt us finances bad
Posted by: rhonda ( Email ) at 3/16/2011 1:49 PM

I received a check $4850.00 from Worden Safety Products also on Keybank Ntional west sand lake ny. I went to the internet to find this was a scam!!Who do I notify? I am shredding the check!! Retired!!
Posted by: JMONTALBINI ( Email ) at 9/9/2011 12:07 PM

I recieved a letter from alstate financial services 377 grantave. Sydney ns canada B3j5c9, That I hadwon second place on an international sweepstakes 450,000.00, enclosed a check for4,850.00 to help pay processing fee. Thanks for the internet was able to see the scam. All phone # were phony as were address. keep away from this people. THANKS FOR THE INTERNET....
Posted by: frank silva ( Email ) at 9/11/2011 5:17 PM

I received a check $4850.00 from Worden Safety Products also on Keybank Ntional west sand lake NY with a letter from "All State Financial Services" in Canada. Probably a scam! Who do I notify?
Posted by: Ida ( Email ) at 9/23/2011 8:56 AM

114,000 bad checks from US citizens every year in one city in northwest Florida.
3.2 million bad checks from NYC every year.
17.1 million bad checks in California every year.
500 million fake checks in World every year.
310 million US population x $1M =$300 billion
US government should send checks to US citizen every year, so everybody will be happy.
Posted by: Richard ( Email ) at 10/24/2011 10:03 PM

great post.thanks a lot.
Posted by: earl Libby ( Email ) at 11/30/2011 11:30 PM

I also received a letter from FundEx in the amount of 4931.26. I am supposed to deposit th check, and call my agent,Phillip Metz when I have done so. I am supposed to owe 2580 dollars in taxes, the rest is mine, ha ha. I want to thank you for this information, because this is the 4th check I have received from different so called companies. All I do is shred them. I might be a senior citizen, but I'm not stupid.
Posted by: adamj ( Email ) at 12/6/2011 10:02 PM

my son received a check for 2650.00 from world financial corp acually spelled crop on the check
signed by peggy morrison out of macon georgia
mailed from fair oaks california. drawn on bb&t bank
Posted by: Marshall Stroope ( Email ) at 1/12/2012 6:04 PM

Four years ago, I was a victim of a fake check. I will tear up anything I do not recognize, and will not friend anybody on social networking sites that I don't know. The government needs to get off their butts and go after these people who pass bum checks like that.
Posted by: Cheryl Keil ( Email ) at 3/30/2012 6:32 PM

I will not friend anybody on the social networking sites that I do not know, will treat as spam on email anything that comes from Nigeria saying I've won a lot of money, or tear up anything that sends me a check for a large sum of money that I did not do. I was a fake check victim four years ago.
Posted by: Cheryl Keil ( Email ) at 3/30/2012 6:36 PM

got a 2000 dollar check in the mail today from Network gobal said i won 50000 and needed to send them 1000 dollars to there tax person .... crap i could have really used the money glad i seen this web page .. trying to take money from the poor people that dont even have any. very sad that they get away wit this
Posted by: martha ( Email ) at 6/19/2012 5:27 PM

recieved what appears to be real ck for paying courier fees for sweepstakes winning, from Rama-Hart Inc..Sweepstakes Commission..looked up address and there is a Rama- Hart Inc at address they used but has nothing to do with sweepstakes. Does anyone have any info on this scam? The ck is drawn on PNC Bank out of N>J> but routing number is off by 1 number...these guys are really good. Are they laundring money or just scamming you? [ALL CONSUMING MODERATOR'S RESPONSE: you should file a complaint with our Consumer Resource Center at:]
Posted by: Vanae Richardson ( Email ) at 7/9/2012 7:28 PM

i got a cheak in the mail for 2000 dollers and i never got a return address or nothing no phone number and i went on the internet to find the place and it sayd no such thing so im wondering if this is a scam and if it is people need to stop cuz tharts just not right
Posted by: kayla ( Email ) at 10/24/2012 2:19 PM

Omg I think I was scammed
Posted by: nivayah ( Email ) at 11/18/2012 5:30 PM

My father received a letter in the mail stating he had unclaimed prize money 80,000 inside was a check for 1293.00 he was told tokeep the check in the amount of the winnings confidential.the letter it self was from Canada.I post this because these fools are preying on our elderly if I had not been around my father may have deposited this check.also watch for phone calls telling u to put money on cards.
Posted by: s.m.h. ( Email ) at 11/23/2012 2:31 PM

This is crazy
Posted by: nisey ( Email ) at 11/23/2012 2:33 PM

If this thread is active please reverse the order newest to oldest so we'll know better. I've gotten a few fake checks from people who replied to my resume on Craigslist, now I now you have to meet all employers in person.
Posted by: please reverse order of this list. ( Email ) at 4/30/2013 1:33 AM

I was called on the phone by a so called person to set up a program to fix or clean my computer. did nor work. however he did call back a month later and told me they would refund my credit card. all he would do is charge my card again and then refund it twice. I did not like the idea so he told me to go to western union and send him 160.00 in cash and he would then mail me a check from bank of india and I would take out my money and send him the balance. thank god my brother in law said it was a scam. the man called me this morning and asked me if I took care of it and I said thanks for the scam. I closed my credit card account. what a joke!!!
Posted by: laverne anderson ( Email ) at 5/11/2013 12:32 PM

Today I recived a check for almost 2 thousand dollars from Cigmis Corp LLC. It came Express Mail and *Out of the blue* The Cigmis was the name on the check but Choctawhatchee Electric Corp is the name in the envelope. ( I gave my bank a copy of it today and they are researching it for me) In going online there is NO information about this Cigmis Corp- and the address if the Electric Co is listed as 94 Walton Rd Defuniak Spring Florida - When googling that address it is NOT the Electric companys address but instead a company called * Bright House* I am so confused but this does not seem right! Has anyone else dealt with any of these companies? Thank you, [ALL CONSUMING MODERATOR'S RESPONSE: The situation you are describing is a scam called Advance Fee Fraud. The idea behind this scam is that the sender encourages you to sign and deposit the check into your bank accoun t and then with a large portion of the funds, wire them to another individual who may or may not be located in the US. Generally, it takes your bank 30-45 days to determine that the check is fraudulent, however, by this time you have already sent the money to the scammer. Most banks will hold you responsible for the face value of the check plus any additional fees that have been incurred. While the letters, envelopes, and phone calls may appear to be coming from the United States, these scammers are almost always located in another country and outside our jurisdiction. Our office recommends not cashing these types of checks, especially those that arrive without prior warning, and not communicating with the scammer who sent the letters and/or checks. If the check arrived by USPS, FedEx, or UPS you can contact the carrier and report the scam to them as well. You can also report this scam to your local police department.]
Posted by: Nic Phillips ( Email ) at 5/22/2013 8:12 PM

So, my fiance was looking up employment on craigslist, and found one to take care of an elderly woman, and he's worked at nursing homes, and is certified, however, they said their "sister" was moving to this town from Florida and he had to help get her set up at these apartments, and get her medical supplies, so he was getting a check of $2,250.00 and was to cash it and keep 450 for himself for his payment and take another 50 out for supplies, and then send the rest to some agency. eyeyeye We just got the check today in the mail, realized it was a fake, and I'm now emailing this person back trying to ask what we should do with it next and stuff to see what they say and if we can catch them in a lie or something ... However, neither of us have a bank account, so they cant take funds from us. lol so thats the plus side. Would the bank actually cash the check? I almost have a half a mind to take their money lol [ALL CONSUMING MODERATOR'S RESPONSE: The situation you are describing is a scam called Advance Fee Fraud. The idea behind this scam is that the sender encourages you to sign and deposit the check into your bank account and then with a large portion of the funds, wire them to another individual who may or may not be located in the United States. Generally, it takes your bank 30-45 days to determine that the check is fraudulent, however, by this time you have already sent the money to the scammer. Most banks will hold you responsible for the face value of the check plus any additional fees that have been incurred. While the letters, enveloeps, and phone calls may appear to be coming from the United States these scammers are almost always located in another country and outside our jurisdiction. Our office recommends not cashing these types of checks, espeically those that arrive without prior warning and not communicating with the scammer who sent the letters and/or checks. If the check arrived by USPS, FedEx, or UPS you can contact the carrier and report the scam to them as well. You can also report this scam to your local police department.]
Posted by: Jodie ( Email ) at 5/31/2013 5:07 PM

I have got a check for $4,920.00 from a company name Members 1st Federal Credit Union and it is a total scam. I first investigate the person who send it anf Frank Palmerr is a scammer. Please be careful with them. Do not get scam.
Posted by: Katy ( Email ) at 7/15/2013 8:56 PM

I partnered with a company from Florida. Now I have received a $2500.00 check in the mail. From the company I partnered with. How do I find out if its a legit check? before I deposit it. It has all the water marks and what not. The signature is Pen/Ink not a stamp. [All Consuming Blog Moderator Response: Thank you for your question. You may wish to contact the bank that the account is written on and verify that the account is active and funds are available. Due to privacy issues the bank may not be able to provide you with full information. You may also wish to speak with your bank about what options are available to you for verifying funds with them.]
Posted by: Julia ( Email ) at 9/12/2013 1:22 PM

Oregon is renowned for being an extremely “green” state. Businesses that invest in recycling, energy conservation, lower pollution transport fuels and renewable energy related manufacturing can receive Oregon’s Department of Energy Business Energy Tax Credit. Going green means lower taxes for some businesses in Oregon.
Posted by: online payroll services ( Email | Visit ) at 11/10/2013 5:23 AM

I Got a message from a gal in my email saying that her father killed in libya who was an army officer and she is presently residing in refugee camp in senegal and her father has deposited $4.5million dollars and she want my bank info to transfer it she even send her pics is this true..? she said that if the money transfers she will give me 30% and she will come to my contry to reside with me what should i do
AGO Blog Comment Manager (lw): This sounds like a fraud. Please contact our Consumer Protection Division at 800-551-4636 between 10 am and 3 pm to report.
Posted by: Jackie Resario ( Email ) at 3/7/2014 11:42 PM

Received an advance fee check scam today sent from "Lisa Marrone" 412-746-6009
204 Alamo Plz
San Antonio, TX 78205

It contained a check made out from Gemvision Corporation LLC 501 15th Street Moline, IL 61265 on behalf of Chase Manhattan Bank with only "Bills" written in the memo.
Posted by: GEMVISION ( Email ) at 4/15/2014 7:34 AM

Applied for Admin Asst position. Received numerous emails from a Fred (Frederick Palmer). Assured position was legit. He was FedEx me check for 2980.00 to keep $250 myelf and western union the rest to a lady in Canna - Republic of Yemen. Received check, called bank check was issued from stated funds are there. Researched him, the people sending me the check, called phone number and searched scam sites. BEWARE Fred Palmer is a SCAMMER!! This posting was on Craigslist.
Posted by: Michelle ( Email ) at 4/22/2014 7:37 AM

I rec'd a check that had been postmarked from Madrid, Spain in today's mail - from a Pennsylvania bank - said to activate online before depositing. I immediately shredded everything! I'm quite sure it was this type of scam.
Posted by: Pattollie ( Email ) at 5/14/2014 12:06 PM

I received a check yesterday for $1991.77. Told to activate it first online, then deposit into my bank and when funds are in hand to sign back into the website for my first assignment. The Check looks realm so I googled the company...MaContainer Corp... Nothing came up. I Google Earthed the address, it brought me to an area between 2 buildings. I looked online and found post after post of very similar situations. Same exact wording, different companies. Yep..... is a scam. Thanks to sites like this, and people that take the time to share their stories, I will not be depositing this bogus check.
Posted by: jamie ( Email ) at 6/8/2014 6:15 AM

I got a letter from macontainer corp. I did some research its all fake. Watchout. Its a scam.
Posted by: tony ( Email ) at 6/11/2014 4:34 PM

I got a letter and a check for $1,991.77 I have tried to contact the company but all I get is a recording. The letter and check are from macontainer corp. Can someone please tell me if they are a scam.
AGO Blog Comment Manager (lw): Please contact our Consumer Protection Divisiona at 800-551-4636 10 am - 3 pm Monday-Friday for more information
Posted by: Grace Del Toro ( Email ) at 6/13/2014 3:29 PM

My father recived a letter informing him that he has won the INTER-AMERICAN PROMOTIONS INC
with a check included with $3,880.oo
To pay the tax admin fees tothe UK goverment.
And after that fedex will deliver in a private package with the amout that he won that is $171.120.00

I will like to know if this is legitimate
Or is just another scam.

Thank u for ur
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Posted by: chuyita pelayo ( Email ) at 6/14/2014 3:13 PM

I recieved a letter today as well from Macontainer Corp. with a check for the same amount jamie recieved $1,991.77 telling me to go to and activate the check deposit it and take out the $350 for me and the remaining balance was to be used to go to walamrt, money gram, kmart, sears home depot, ect.. and i was to purchase things with this money and report back fill out a form and submit it and i get to keep the purchases as a bonus. I activated the check but did research first before depositing it and i'm glad i did it's truely unbelievable how many scams are out there and it's terrible how many people fall victim to it that are just trying to help themselves with either a F/T income or just for extra cash to play with since their F/T job just pays bills I've pretty much given up on internet oppurtunities people are evil and souless that can do these things. I'm just so distgusted!
Posted by: Kaileigh ( Email ) at 6/24/2014 5:22 AM

I received a letter also from this Macontainer Corp. with a check for $1991.77. I'm very glad that I decided to research it. It does look real. I'm going to deposit it ... into the shredder!
Posted by: Pat ( Email ) at 6/26/2014 1:10 PM

I was told by a friend on Facebook to go to the above Facebook page to see if I qualify to get $50,000 or more. I did and they said I qualified for $62,000. They said:
We comfirmed that your name was among the government grant approved member tax refund) because you was one of the trusted member among millions of good citizens and you were awarded the sum of, $62.000.00 us dollars are you ready to get your money and pay the tax and shipping to get your money

YOU WILL PAY THE SOME OF $1000 For your tax and FedEx shipping fees. Are you ready We are working on your money right now do you want to get it in check or cash

I said cash.


I said take it out of the $62,000.

They said: sorry its not allowed
you have to give us your facebook email and password we have to make sure you are the one talking to us for security reason oka

I told them I had the money and asked them how I was supposed to pay them the $1000.

They said: You will have to send it true the walmart store money gram when you have sent it massage us the reference number on the receipt this is are headquarters address you will send it it

NAME... Tira Adamson Address...1954Nshefford ct city...wichita State...Kansas zipcode...67212

Immediately after you have sent it massage us back the receipt reference number and go and wait for us at your house we will get to you immediately your payment has been verified after 24hrs do you understood

I told them I was on my way to Wal Mart.

I messaged my friend back and started asking questions that only she would know the answers to. I asked her for a ride to Wal Mart so I could send in my money. She said she was out of town. I know this to be false.

Please stop this person from doing this before they can scam anyone else.
Posted by: Debra Ford ( Email ) at 8/9/2014 7:14 PM

My 91 year old Mother keeps getting letters telling her she might win $5000. per month for life and pass it on when she is gone and to find out if she won she just has to send $19.99 $20 sometimes $39.99
etc not just frm Publishers Clearing House
but another one yesterday a company saying they will ck on he sweepstakes out there if she has won for $19.99 and the letter on the back says she hasnt won anything they just want her to pay them to ck them all out i have been shredding all this junk but she got one and opened it and just knows because she has been praying that she has won..this is cruel
Posted by: Janet Train ( Email ) at 8/10/2014 5:52 AM

Received a check from "Larry Morgan" from Morgan Investment in a Priority Envelope through US Postal Service. It had a check for $1890.00 from "The McCallie School" and Suntrust Bank. Never heard of either.
Posted by: D Ewing ( Email ) at 9/2/2014 8:54 AM

I got a madrid postmarked letter with a check in the amount of 1956.00 and told to activate it with the promise of being a mystery shopper/ consumer reporter, looked so real. i activated it and deposited it into my account. luckily it was marked as bad before i could withdraw the money. but i did give personal info online in order to activate the check....looked so real. /:
Posted by: nathan ( Email ) at 9/10/2014 8:50 PM

I got a check from t. Aron inc. But as I was unawhere of scams like this I cashed the check since I do not have an account jokes on then I just spent the money! Yep easiest 2,000.00 I ever got how ever now that I know it was a scam I'm not happy! The letter I got that I didn't read at the time said I was to activate the check oooops! I did that after cashing then said I was to send money to Spain oooops! Again its gone lol thanks for free money! That will teach them huh? An I called the FBI (202)-278-2000.
Posted by: bryanne ( Email ) at 9/15/2014 11:10 AM

Mines little different. I was told through social network, one of ppl I added that I won 500,000 CASH n a truck. I pay the fed ex fee n they would deliver it next day. I payed the fed ex fee. But then they Claimes they got stopped at Canadian border n the Fed ex ppl were holding winnings Till I paid imigration fee then they relase it . Then they wanted me to send it to a guy in nigeria, saying he's there so I'd have to send American $ n western union will change It to nigerian.... I think I'm done following this scam..... Coulda Really used that $$ but I'm sure its a Hoax... I lost some $, but learta lesson I guess..
Posted by: Tiffany ( Email ) at 9/18/2014 11:08 PM

Posted by: SHELBY ( Email ) at 9/21/2014 3:20 PM

I,too,was sent a check for 822.15 from Webster Bank in Waterbury,Ct. The check,I was told was good, however the letterhead on the letter which was I closed with the ck said Northern Trust, 522 south st in Chicago,Il. the return address on the envelope was York Civic Centre,Toronto,On? the letter was an award claim notification and the claim agent was Scott Anderson who was very short with me,telling me to call him after I cash the ck for tax purposes.The letter said I was entitled to 8, North America Consumer Promotion Draw
Posted by: Marion ( Email ) at 9/30/2014 11:39 AM

I applied for a Data Entry position on and received an email stating that I had the required qualifications to undergo an interview. I was excited until my husband noticed something was wrong when a cashiers' check came to our home in the amount of 2,945.00. So after review this website, I did some digging around myself and found that the names giving where not working for the company and the cashier check was a bad check. Now with there is a lot to settle for because they are not doing their homework and peoples identity is getting stolen.
Posted by: La-Toya ( Email ) at 10/3/2014 9:08 AM

A few days ago I received a job posting. I thought it was a temp agency called express and replied to the position. later I got emails n a check. I went back n read the email so many times. then I thought of what my professor said "goggle will search anything up." so I typed up email scams n wow a million sites. I started to read all these stores n I'm glade I didn't send the money. instead I forwarded all my emails to the federal trade commissioner. thank you to all who shared. it helped me a lot n feel more at easy now too. n thank u to the person on creating this site. I found it so super helpful. I'm glade I caught it at an early stage. Google is the best.
Posted by: mally ( Email ) at 10/16/2014 10:03 PM

I received a check the other day,11/5/2014,in my mail box,in a large envelope,made out in my name,said 2 day priority ups tracking code attatched.the check was from,the luther research community, looked real,made out in my name for $2000,and in memo,it said available funds.i even looked up the bank,and found the bank to be at the same,after church,sunday,i took the check to a branch manager of my bank.she told me to come back Monday,and she would find ouyt,weather,this was a scam or real?i thought this was really unusual,because,there was no letter in the large cardboard envelope,and strange that a company would spend the mpney to priority 2 day express.i did that on a credit card bill,so it would get there in time,and the cost to me was,$29.99.everything on the check,seem to look so real,i had to take it to my bank manager.the name of the company is luther research community.usually,if it sounds to good to be true,it most likely is not.of course,i would not deposit a check like that,then they would have your account just waiting on the bank.monday,they aremaking a call to the bank,its drawn on.i looked up the bank,and there it was,phone number and all.i might be a little crazy,but im sure not stupid.
Posted by: william ( Email ) at 12/7/2014 12:57 PM

Always check on random texts too! I had a woman contact me looking for babysitting ( from my site) and she offered to pay me an advance and pay a bill for her, over 2400. She asked fro my mailing address and phone number repeatedly and did not have good grammar. if you are on, only answer messages from the website, not texts!
Posted by: Sarah ( Email ) at 12/13/2014 4:41 PM

I received a check, nothing else, sent priority mail for close to $1900. The senders last name is calandrella and the company is Rancini, Inc. The bank on the the check is legit and in the memo section it says auto/d. Thoughts anyone?
Posted by: Stephanie ( Email ) at 12/16/2014 12:10 AM

Wow...Just recieved cashiers check for $2480.00..
Express Mail US Postal Service...No letter, just check.
Being in business I've run into items like this before. If I cash the check...I may get a bill for $2480. plus interest @ 400%. They could put a lien on my home in any amount, and I'd play hell getting it removed. could I use the funds..god damn right. they're timing is always right on...I've been looking for work (I'm 78, not able to get a reg. job) I'm sure thats the source.
Posted by: richard 01/03/2015 ( Email ) at 1/4/2015 12:34 PM

I received a check from M&T Bank for 2,999.40 call the bank to verify they said the money was in the account,but why was i sent this check,but i think this is a scam too...
Posted by: Teshi ( Email ) at 1/10/2015 11:41 AM

I also just recieved a $2480 cashiers check for no reason. It was mailed priority 2 day shipping with a tracking number and insured. It has a check no letter or anything from some Golden Peanut Company in Riverview Florida, but the cashiers check is from Phoenix Astron from some Desert Schools federal credit union. Has anyone else received one of these?
Posted by: April ( Email ) at 1/10/2015 2:38 PM

this was from craigslist. a lady answered my ad for a room to rent said she worked in texas for ok so i went along with the convo she said her boss would send me a check for 400 for her 1st months rent instead i got on 01-20-15 2 checks for 1940.00 already checked them to be fake online thru a site checks willl be shredded
Posted by: Marie ( Email ) at 1/21/2015 10:08 AM

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