moneyThere is no legitimate reason why people would give you a check or money order, and then ask you to wire money in return! This is NOT a legit work at home career!

There is NO reason!

For some reason a couple of months ago I got this letter telling me I had won this HUGE prize, and go ahead and deposit the following check! The check was over $8000, and as you can imagine it got my attention! I also knew something didn't smell good either! I'm not the type that goes around entering contests, and goodness knows where these people got my name from!

I got on google, and I searched every reference to that company and bank they listed on that check to see what the heck the deal was!

WELL I found out what it was! They check was to cover fees that it would take to give me the rest of my prize money, and they just KNEW I didn't have that kind of money hanging around and of course sent it to me for some favor. YEAH RIGHT! You deposit the money, and call the number and they will fill you in as to HOW to claim your prize! Meanwhile, you turnaround and use that money because of the 'out of country' issues, taxes, etc...and what happens? The check bounces, and whatever funds you had in there...GONE! You are now in BIG trouble with your bank, and your life is a nightmare!

I realize that isn't a work at home career description, but the same principal applies to alot of these other types of check scams! Clients will send you money, and you deposit it within the country...and keep a portion for your time! Check cashing fee lets call it! YEAH RIGHT! They will tell that there are good reasons why they can't cash them here themselves, but for some reason won't be upfront about that reason! Can you say red flag? They will claim they have all kinds of clients you can do this for, and make your work at home career take off the easy way. DON'T DO IT!

If someone you don’t know wants to pay you by check but wants you to wire some of the money back, beware! It’s a scam that could cost you thousands of dollars.

You don’t have to wait long to use the money, but that doesn’t mean the check is good.
Under federal law, banks have to make the funds you deposit available quickly – usually within one to five days, depending on the type of check. But just because you can withdraw the money doesn’t mean the check is good, even if it’s a cashier’s check. It can take weeks for the forgery to be discovered and the check to bounce.

You are responsible for the checks you deposit.
That’s because you’re in the best position to determine the risk – you’re the one dealing directly with the person who is arranging for the check to be sent to you. When a check bounces, the bank deducts the amount that was originally credited to your account. If there isn’t enough to cover it, the bank may be able to take money from other accounts you have at that institution, or sue you to recover the funds. In some cases, law enforcement authorities could bring charges against the victims because it may look like they were involved in the scam and knew the check was counterfeit.

Don’t deposit it – report it!

Report fake check scams to NCL's Fraud Center, at That information will be transmitted to the appropriate law enforcement agencies.

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