Heather Yakin Times Herald-Record @HeatherYakin845
Jun 13, 2019 at 4:06 PM
KINGSTON – Beware the fake check scam, warns the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office Division of Consumer Affairs.
What’s this scam about? There are variations, but the most common involve the recipient getting a notice that you’ve won a “sweepstakes,” with the check as an advance or first installment; or that someone in a foreign country needs you to deposit their money in your bank account. They scammer might also offer to buy something you’re selling, or offer a to-good-to-be-true work-at-home job.
The checks look real, and might have the names of real companies on them, but they are fakes created without the companies’ knowledge, the Ulster D.A. warns.
The scammers often ask the recipient to deposit the check and them wire money back. Days or weeks later, when the forgery is discovered and the check bounces, the recipient is on the hook because bank customers are responsible for checks they deposit.
There is no legitimate reason for someone who is giving you money to ask you to wire money back, the district attorney advises.Reach the Ulster Consumer Affairs Office at 845-340-3260.