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Published on Apr 13, 2012
Don't become a target of fake check scams. The Consumer Federation of America's "Don't Become a Target" online fact sheet helps consumers learn the danger signs of fake check scams and similar fraud and how to avoid becoming victims. An example of a fake check scam may be a letter saying that you've won millions in a sweepstakes or lottery, and a check or money order is enclosed as part of your winnings. All you need to do to get the rest is send money to pay the taxes. Or someone offers you a job working at home as a "mystery shopper" or accounts manager. It's easy - you deposit the checks or money orders you'll receive and send the money somewhere, minus your "pay." Is this your lucky day? NO! It's a fake check scam that will cost you thousands unless you know the danger signs. You can also find a "Don't Become a Target" PowerPoint presentation and other educational materials about fake check scams at www.consumerfed.org/fakecheckscams.