CraigsList VOID Check Photo - Facebook Rumour

23 Apr 2013 - Article No: 1709. Filed under: Facebook Scams | Facebook Rumour

Warning ! Waring ! Please Please Read There is a scam going around and I was almost a victim of it today. I recently posted an ad on Craigs list I was contacted by a person that sent me a check for 1500.00 for the item I was selling. When I received the check today it was for the amount of 4000.00. When I asked why the check was for so much they informed me that the extra money was to be shipped via western union to the shipper so the item could be picked up and delivered. I got suspicious and took the check to my bank to make sure this check was ligit. I was informed that it was in fact a fake. The bank told me that if I had cashed this check that it would have come back to me and I would be responsible for the 4000.00 and they would have access to all my banking information. I am asking everyone to please like and share this post to make it go viral so this does not happen to you or anyone you know or any hard working Americans. Here is a picture of the check below. Please take the time to like and share. Lets get this thing viral.

A photo of a check with the word VOID is circulating Facebook along with a story about how scammers attempted to fool the author into sending money through Western Union.

It is likely that the story is genuine since it describes a real scam. Scammers prolifically use services like Western Union to lure victims into handing over cash. Services like Western Union are often exploited by scammers who use fake identification to accept cash sent by a victim thus ensuring they cannot be traced.

However it is worth noting that this is certainly not a new type of crime. Scams exploiting Western Union are amongst the older cyber crimes on the Internet and a variety of different types of scam use Western Union as a conduit, including the classic overpayment scam which the message describes.

Overpayment scams occur when scammers write victims a fake check for too much money and request the surplus money be sent back via Western Union. When the fake check eventually gets rejected by the bank the victim becomes liable for the money they withdrew and sent through Western Union.

It works because some banks let customers withdraw money before a check undergoes full security checks. In some cases the victim will cash the fake check and withdraw money from existing funds to send via Western Union, thus losing that money when the check bounces.

We discuss Western Union scams and some popular variants here.

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