Lottery / Check Cashing Scam
Examples and Anecdotes from Victims
If you received a check from someone you don't know and
didn't expect to receive, it is probably a forgery!
We have many examples of fake / counterfeit checks sent to
victims, with my different reasons for the check: to pay taxes on winnings from
a lottery, as part of a "payment transfer" job, to compensate for some "fees",
etc. The bottom line is always the same: the check is forged and if you cash it,
it will bounce, and the victim will be liable for the full amount, any fees,
penalties and possible be charged with a crime, from passing bad checks to
Catch Me If You Can!
If you saw the film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, then you
understand basically how this scam works. But don't count on the banks to help
you. Even if you call the bank whose name appears on the check, they may
tell you the account is real, and it may be. The scammers use stolen
checks, often taken right from people's mailboxes, to obtain real bank account
numbers. The scammer then prints their own checks using the account
numbers, names and bank names from the stolen blank checks. The bank has no way
of knowing that the check is a stolen forgery (unless the owner of the stolen
checks reports them as stolen or never delivered).
Examples from Victims
Noble International Sweepstakes and Lotteries
I received a check for $4750.00 from Noble International Sweepstakes and
Lotteries. This check to help pay for insurance on my "real winnings" of
$250,000.00. They have not asked for any info regarding social security # or
bank account. Anyway I think its a scam. I called the bank the check is drawn on
and being Saturday did not get to speak with anyone who could tell me anything.
The operator took the message with check # and amount and they will call me
Monday regarding the validity of the check. If you can give me any info on Noble
International Sweepstakes and Lotteries it will be appreciated. If the money is
real. I would love the keep the check and use it.
Answer: The check is certainly a forgery. The bank may tell you
that the account is real, but remember, they have no way of knowing it is a
forged check of a real account. The account holder, of course, would know,
so hopefully the bank will tell you the name of the account - if it isn't "Noble
International Sweepstakes and Lotteries" then you know it is a fake.
Names of Scam / Fake / Fraud Lottery
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