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Check Scams

How to Spot, Avoid, and Report Fake Check Scams

Article Posted and Written by: Consumer Federal Trade Commission

In a fake check scam, a person you don’t know asks you to deposit a check— sometimes for several thousand dollars, and usually for more than you are owed — and send some of the money to another person. The scammers always have a good story to explain why you can’t keep all the money. They might say they need you to cover taxes or fees, you’ll need to buy supplies, or something else.

Fake checks come in many forms. They might look like business or personal checks, cashier’s checks, money orders, or a check delivered electronically. Here’s what you need to know about fake check scams.
 

Types of Fake Checks Scams

Fake checks are used in many types of scams. Here are some examples:

 

How To Avoid a Fake Check Scam

 

What CSB Banking Tools are Available to help you Monitor Fraud on your CSB Accounts

Check fraud is just one example of fraud that can happen on your account. We have plenty of great tools and services available to you to help monitor your account wherever and whenever.