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Fake Check Cashing Scams - List of Banks Reporting Stolen Checks

If you receive a check in the mail that you aren't expecting and/or the checque isn't from a person or company that you know, it is probably counterfeit.  Fake checks are sent everyday from E-bay buyers and lotteries scams.

Blake checks are stolen every day, from individual mail boxes, homes, businesses and even banks.  Counterfeiters and scammers use these checks to create scams and frauds.  Check the list below on this page for banks that have recently reported checks being stolen.

A typical fraud uses these checks to accompany a letter stating that the recipient "won" a lottery.  The "winner" is instructed to cash the check and send most of it bank via a Western Union Money Gram or Postal Order, to "pay taxes" or "delivery fees", etc.  The victim cashes the check, and wires the money.  By the time the fake check bounces, the scammer has receive the money gram (which is irretrievable).  The victim now owes his bank for the full amount of the fake check AND may be arrested for passing a bad check and fraud.

If you receive a check in the mail that you are not expecting, DO NOT CASH IT! You can go to this website and verify the routing number on the check and get the bank's phone number, then call the bank to verify that the account is real and the check is real.

If you are the victim of a counterfeit check cashing scam, email the FDIC's Special Activities Section at: alert@fdic.gov

or contact them at:

FDIC's Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section,
550 17th St., NW, Room F-4040,
Washington, D.C. 20429

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Names used by scammers in the examples on this page and others often belong to real people and businesses who often have no knowledge of nor connection to the scammer's use of their name and information.  Sample scam emails and other documents are copies of the scam to help potential victims recognize and avoid it.  You should presume that any names used and presented here in a scam are either fictitious or used without their legitimate owner's permission.
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