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  1. #1
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    Feb 2015

    Check Cashing Scam

    This is for those of you that don't think you'll ever be scammed---I received an e-mail from a "Pershing, LLC" stating that they had gotten my name from Beyond.com (where I'd actually sent a resume for a job awhile back) telling me I could make money from home and making it seem like I was one of only a 'chosen few'. It asked for basic info--name, address, phone #, e-mail--which I thought was ok to send. A few days later, a check for $1490 was over-nighted to me! Another e-mail gave me 'instructions' to cash and deposit the check, wait 24 hrs, then withdraw it and MoneyGram it to this 3rd party in the Phillipines. WAY suspicious. Who in their right mind would trust just anyone with that amount of cash? The answer: NO ONE! Researching the whole thing, I realized the check was a fraud (I called the bank it was drawn upon, routing #'s did not match plus # was 10 digits long; routing #'s are only 9 digits). I also found out that although the check may clear, the depositor is responsible for the account and any money the bank can't collect on is MY responsibility. Lesson learned: Keep your eyes and ears open; if it sounds too good to be true---IT IS!!! I hate being cynical but these days, it seems like there's no other choice. :cwm2:

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2009

    Re: Check Cashing Scam

    Thanks for posting up that information on a scam.

    Making a scammer's scam googlable on every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find is a great way to slow that scammer down when a suspicious potential victim goes looking for information, finds your post containing the name the scammer is using, his email address, phone number and the emails themselves and then that potential victim does not become a scam victim because you took the time "get the word out".

    Wasting a scammer's time legally and safely is called "scambaiting". If you google that word, you will find sites where you can read scambaits, post up the emails and email addresses of scammers, post up a fake website, read up on how to alert a hosting company that they are hosting a fake website, ask questions and learn all about the hobby of scambaiting.

    Since that scammer intended to steal your money, he did not give you his real life information. All you have is one of his fake names, one of his free email addresses, one of his fake stories and one of his paid-for-in-cash cell phone numbers. None of that information is going to help your local law enforcement agency track down that anonymous scammer sitting in a cyber cafe half way around the world from you.
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Boston, MA

    Re: Check Cashing Scam

    There is NEVER a legitimate reason to cash a check for a business and send them the difference.

    Unfortunately people still fall for it or the scammers wouldn't still be doing it.

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