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The Check Is in the Mail
This is no lie. The check really IS in the mail, but it's a phony. Every day hundreds
of Americans are duped by one of these scams.
Take a look at the scenarios below. The checks were phony, and so was the ploy for
a roommate. But one element is true in all these fraud scams: the consumer does
not know the person (or entity) with whom they are dealing. There is an easy solution
to protect your self from being conned out of thousands of dollars.
Do not send money to anyone you don't know.
"You won! Enclosed is a check for $10,000. To accept this prize, all you need to
do is send us a wire transfer of $1,000 to pay the taxes due on your winnings."
"I'd like to buy the car you have advertised for sale in the paper/on the In ternet.
I'll send a cashier's check to you written for an ex tra $2,000. Please wire transfer
$1,500 to me and keep the $500 for your efforts."
"Hi, Mary. I can tell from your last 10 emails that you and I will get along just
great as roommates. I'm so glad I met you online through the popular "roommates"
locating service. I'll wire my rent payment to you today."
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