Before you cash a check or money order, ask yourself about these fraud indicators:
- Did you receive this check for an item you sold on the Internet?
- Is the amount of the check written for more than the item’s selling price?
- Did you receive the check via an overnight delivery service?
- Did you receive this check as the result of email communication?
- Is the check drawn on a different individual’s account than the purchaser?
- Did you receive this check as the result of winning an international lottery you didn’t enter?
- Did the payee write the check for more than they owed and then ask you to refund a portion or send it to a third party?
Before you send money there are fraud indicators you should look for:
- Are you sending money overseas to receive a deposit from another country?
- Have you been instructed to wire, send, or ship money to someone in another country for an emergency situation that you cannot confirm?
- Were you paid for facilitating money transfers through your bank account or through a PayPal account?
If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you may be involved in a scam. Ask us if you need information or have questions. To report an online crime, go to www.IC3.gov