Fake checks circulating

Fake check scams are defrauding thousands of Americans, and it is occurring in Vermilion Parish.

The Abbeville Police Department recently received two more scam checks after two citizens from Abbeville received the checks in the mail.

Abbeville Detective Chris Hardy received the fake checks from two citizens who received them in the mail.

The checks sent to victims are forgeries, but they’re so realistic that even bank tellers may be fooled. By the time the checks bounce, the victims have already wired the money to the crooks. Because bank customers are responsible for the checks they deposit, the victims of these scams are left to repay the bank the money they withdrew against the bad check.

“It is not real,” said Hardy. “When the check bounces, you are stuck with paying the bank back the money, not the company on the check. The good thing is that two people were smart enough not to try and deposit the checks.”

Some tips on avoiding this and similar scams:

• There’s no legitimate reason for someone who is giving you money to ask you to wire money back;

• Just because you can withdraw the money doesn’t mean the check is good, even if it’s a cashier’s check;

For more details about how fake check scams work and how to avoid them, visit the telemarketing or Internet fraud section of www.fraud.org.

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