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Troy Evitt (21 days ago)
This story is too slapdash and lacking in context. You needed to have encapsulated the following: Prior to recent updates in F.D.I.C. regulations: YOUR bank had the discretion NOT to post the funds from a deposit of a check issued against ANOTHER bank until such funds cleared that issuing bank. The F.D.I.C. stepped in and essentially said, "nope", with your best interests at heart. The new regulation stipulated that the funds post immediately due to the fact that in the overwhelming percentage of such transactions, the other bank's check is financially fine and legally dandy. And, like with bathroom policy changes meant to relax restrictions on REAL transgendered individuals, LOWLIFE SCUM smelled blood in the water and came biting. Because the funds must be made available to you right away, there is what fraud investigators call "Flash Money" by fraud investigators. You're supposed to withdraw from those funds an amount you've been asked to send back via Western Union or MoneyGram. That money is destined to drop back off when the fraudulent nature of the deposited cashier's check is detected. Anything you withdraw is now NEGATIVE in your account. I teach guitar/bass lessons and advertise on Craigslist. The scam targeting instructors and tutors involves paying for 90 days worth of services rendered, particularly the summer months, and the person contacting you is supposedly the "parent of a child who is coming to your town on vacation from the United Kingdom, South Africa or other English-speaking foreign country". The "tuition payment" is always by $700-1,000 too much because the "parent" had somebody else make the payment arrangements. That person was supposed to have sent "another check to the nanny who will be caring for the kid over the summer. You must then wait for the sum to post in your account and then wire money to the "Nanny".
green bean (22 days ago)
If anyone ever has you cash a check and is asking for money in return it's obviously a scam
lisa starves (1 month ago)
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lisa starves (1 month ago)
Theres a scam week WHAT .. holy .. 🤔
One came on for me i tore it up thank God for the internet i have kids i really needed it smh
Tisha Wade (2 months ago)
Jokes on them check cashing store
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Sharon Childrey (2 months ago)
Common Sense people! You Never cash a check & send them money!! Scam written All over it!!!!!?!!!!?!
Kip Paseo (2 months ago)
these are Nigerian scammers
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Nancy Eash (2 months ago)
Has anyone heard the ,espression,"money to burn?" Niow days it should be checks to burn.Most of the ones doing the SCAMs ,are not in the USA.More & more is being done ,over the internet & computers.
Sunny Wu (3 months ago)
Just go to a check cashing place, get cash, and don't send any back. XD When the scammers ask, just keep finding excuses. LOL
Archer Sterling (3 months ago)
The best thing you can do is go to to your bank or credit union and tell them the situation and they will generally know if it is real or fake. Anytime someone sends you more than asking for and asks you send money back or give money to the mover or xyz it is 100% a scam!
Alissa Taylor (3 months ago)
This happened to my mom and I. We luckily got the feeling that something was super fishy about it, so we didn't cash it! I just made a whole video on it and it's going up on my channel later today.
S H (3 months ago)
If anyone fell for this scam - PayPal me $500 and I can get double your money back.
Jeremia Guillermo (3 months ago)
so what id we deposit the check get the cash and not send any , cant we just pay our banks back?
Liam Watson (3 months ago)
Cashing a fake check is forgery. Remember what happened to Akela Njoku and Chase? Chase jailed him for depositing a forged check and he lost everything. The lesson I learned from that was: Never cash in a fake check.
MartyMcflyguy (3 months ago)
Did she get arrested for this?
David B (3 months ago)
I just can't believe the United States still use cheques. Such an antiquated system the UK pretty much stopped using 20 odd years ago...
David B right lol
Fara Marie Justine (3 months ago)
Don't accept cheques.
Toad Phillips (3 months ago)
Public clearing house or people who work for them sell your info to scammers. I remember when I was a kid we got one for $65,000.
Wesley Moore (4 months ago)
got a fake check in the mail yesterday from Bank of the West for $5K ripped it up and threw it away LOL I know it is FAKE!
Crazy Plays Roblox (3 months ago)
Wesley Moore what number was it
Tiffany Screws (4 months ago)
I just received a check for $4500 it was sent to buy equipment to work from home. They told me to make a deposit and send a copy of the deposit slip within 24 hours so they can release the funds that’s on hold lol
sylenceexposed (4 months ago)
Golden rule: Anything that requires money to get money is fake. Deposit the check and don’t remove the funds wait until it clears and even then wait a few weeks before any withdrawal
Deborah Dyess (4 months ago)
I got one and trashed it
w9j15g (5 months ago)
Why would someone send you a check and ask you to send most of the money back? People that fall for this and other scams have no critical thinking skills.
Pamela Pugh (5 months ago)
Wells fargo sucks so very bad. Went to the downtown portland branch today and did in Beaverton last week. They are all about money money money. I only make $333 SSI and the state for my caregiver because I am so sick sends me $22 a week in state checks that are GOOD. Both times because I cannot get ID because mine expired and the ids are so expensive I was told over and over there was nothing that can be done to cash my checks. Yet they said I could put these checks in a friends bank account that was a Wells Fargo account which is way less safer than going in line to put them through the tellers up frond. I have had an account with Wells Fargo for 29 years and this is how my friend and I are treated. My friend is slow due to many birth defects which are not his falt and he takes 30 meds which is also not his falt. All they said to us today over and over today was there was nothing that we can do about it over and over and over. My friend cannot get ID due to the fact he is dirt dirt poor. Leaving the bank today we encountered three homeless people on the corner trying to get money to survive that said they had $1300,$1500 and $2000 checks that they could not cash at all because they had no id and no agency would help them buy one just like my friend who is slow and it is not his falt at all. All three people got jobs like they are supposed to do and due to this one inadequacy could not get huge checks cashed. Wells Fargo sucks bad and permanantly. All you want is money money money and do not give a damn about anyone or anything. My friend will never be able to get an ID or these three homeless people and they cannot do banking at all. Wells Fargo does not want me or them to bank with them otherwise you would not blame my friend,me or the three homeless people for ALL BANK FRAUD. You need to catch the people that are doing it rather than change the policy for cashing checks and all checks permanantly which changed a month ago. I hate your guts big time Wells Fargo for blaming everyone and me and my friend for bank fraud that is 1000% not our falt. Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cxs3 (5 months ago)
Don’t pull out the money until the check clears.
Tahoe Jones (5 months ago)
What kind of idiot does this? Send you a check, wants money back. Darwin fail.
fargeeks (5 months ago)
0:28 The Borg Speaks!
Lucy Ross (5 months ago)
Lucy Ross (5 months ago)
Nothing is free they just want your deposit account number
AdrianJayeOnline (5 months ago)
oldest trick in the book
PBF (5 months ago)
Fresa (5 months ago)
I think I’m in the middle of one of these scams, I was “hired” through indeed and got a check to buy my office supply for one of their “trusted vendors” currently waiting for the check to clear. What should I do!?
Big Boss #black snake (4 months ago)
Fresa hey I need a job what's your employer
Melissa Aurelio (5 months ago)
Exact same thing happened to us when we were selling some furniture. My mom got an offer and they sent a check for way more than we were selling the furniture for. My mom being an auditor and my natural distrust for stuff like this, we did our research before cashing it and found out it's an obvious fake.
Deborah Dyess (5 months ago)
I got one from Walmart telling me to deposit it immediately I deposited it in file 13 the trash can
under dog (5 months ago)
Come on people...... Common sense.
Stephen Miller (5 months ago)
Thank God for old people. I learn all the mistakes to avoid from you guys
Me to learn
jamie g. (5 months ago)
I know someone who thought they were doing a secret shopper job for one of those money sending services and got tricked by one of those fake checks. It so crazy cause they thought they were actually doing something for the money.
Andres hernandez (5 months ago)
I need one of those get this bread 🍞
Fred Derf (5 months ago)
If people weren't greedy it would be much, much harder to scam them.
Drew Rycerz (5 months ago)
That's so illegal you'd be in prison for life.
Drew Rycerz (3 months ago)
For the scammer, not the person cashing it dude.
Izalith (3 months ago)
Drew Rycerz for depositing it? No, a lot of people don't know these are fake, how are you going to get incarcerated for something you had no knowledge of doing?.... People make honest mistakes. That's why there are these videos.
Tommy Headen (5 months ago)
I feel no pitty for these idiots. Your stupid if you fall for a scam these days. Even when a bill collector calls me, I hang up and call them, it's usually Spectrum high cable ass I forgot to pay or just don't want too🐖.
Wade Higgins (5 months ago)
I got one for $20 and I refuse to deposit it
Dank Buds (5 months ago)
Deposit the money and don't send them anything problem solved you win
Jimmy Biggs (5 months ago)
They will have no mercy. They will give you a free room in an 8 by 8 cell with free molded fruit and molded bread! That's the free stuff that will come out of that fake check if you cash them in.
Calvin's Vlogs (5 months ago)
I learned this in forensics class, you gotta understand what's different between a real and fake check
Imaginews Report (5 months ago)
I just received a personal check from a “Dr Evil” for...100 BILLION DOLLARS! I guess it’s real, cuz it’s from a doctor........right?
Asmaa Zayd (5 months ago)
My thing is why good does it do the people sending it?
evil g (5 months ago)
Fred Rogers (5 months ago)
Tell the Nigerian scammer you are waiting for the check to clear. If they don't like it, tell them to eat a bag of dicks
Satan (5 months ago)
I saw one of those checks once and threw it in the garbage without a second thought, it's just common sense.
phlodel (5 months ago)
No money for nothing?! Des that mean chicks aren't free, either?
Max MAX (5 months ago)
Take the check to the bank it is drawn on and just cash it
Rick Parker (5 months ago)
Simply call the bank from where it was issued. You'll learn it is not valid in minutes.
That's wat i told my sis
Aaura Spirit (5 months ago)
If anyone cashes such a check, or let's someone use their bank account to clear a check, *then you deserve all that comes to you* How the hell can someone be so fawking stupid and niave to do such a thing? In todays age? Knowing what we know about these scams. And with the internet - a two minute search will tell you all you need to know about said check and company. I put this right along the same lines as the cinnamon dare & eating a tide pod. *stupid is as stupid does*
Mark Jacob (5 months ago)
If it's to good to be true, it is...wake up people
Matt Hammac (6 months ago)
Wow. It's truly sad that anybody would fall for such a blatant scam. So many people in this world lack common sense
Great New_Products (6 months ago)
People are very greedy PERIOD! they think they are very clever and cash a check that they don't even know where it came from. Stupid!
Mike Hauser (6 months ago)
Overseas scammers
Keith McCarver (6 months ago)
i got one. took it straight to the police department. of course it was fake. with the tracking number and mailed letter i helped put a lowlife in jail.
felasfer3d (6 months ago)
Nigeria are number one scammers
Carla Leonard (6 months ago)
i got a large check in the mail twice N throw them in the burn pit who they claim to be from and the amount on it as well as the circumstances let me know it was a scam due to articles and videos like this . thank you for the sharing these it does help .
Paul Denet (6 months ago)
Money for nothing, checks for free We got to move those microwave ovens, refrigerators , color tvs...
Davin Forscutt (6 months ago)
In 2015 me and my wife sold something online and received a check in the mail. I dropped it off in the after hours box to deposit and 2 days later we are called up to the bank and accused of trying to pass a fraud check. We never had any bad checks or anything before that and had direct deposit going into our account. The bank froze our funds and the manager told us he should be calling the law on us. I begged him to because whoever sent me the check was ripping me off. He closed our account with the bank and at first was not even going to give my wife's direct deposit that had just come in to her and also turned it in against us. We had no clue what was going on. The check had never been processed or cashed. No charges were filed against us. The police found no wrongdoing on our part. But yet our funds were held up, we were kicked out of our bank, we were turned over to the bank systems which now prevents us getting another bank and looks really horrible on us...all because of a check just like this being sent to us for payment. The branch manager at the time of the Wells Fargo in Thomasville NC was just a young arrogant punk who could care less about the actual evidence basically just sent us up s*** creek because he could abuse his seniority like that. I never saw this news report and if I had I would have definitely pursued legal action against him for doing that to us. We got scammed. We got screwed by the bank. And the person that started it all was safely behind a computer somewhere and the police had no way to track him down and said even if they could find him there was no crime because the check was not cashed.
El Nene (6 months ago)
Biggest FRAUD is the Banks..
FallnAngel07 (6 months ago)
Wait.. resumes on job sites and they thought payment was real?
Sabrina angel princess (6 months ago)
There was a lady who sold furniture to someone on Amazon and was sent a cheque she never seen befire she was at the police atm asking bout it and was unsure if she should cash it. The cops didn't know anything!!! Wtf I hope the bank knew enough to help.
Chet Gravatt (6 months ago)
You can't fix stupid
The Royal Crowned Tiger (6 months ago)
Theres no such thing as free money. You could rob a bank, but I don't suggest any attempt of it, unless if your goal is to go to jail. You gotta work for the money.
Guy Fawkes (6 months ago)
Meanwhile...the government prints money out of thin air and spends it on questionable activities.
Curtistine Miller (7 months ago)
Dalmain J (5 months ago)
My love is free...
iiLove Hate (5 months ago)
what about free samples?
Stephen Miller (5 months ago)
Michael Wilson also go drink some water from any lake by you tell me how it goes
Vic' s coin collection (7 months ago)
I have got some like that I just know there fake when there are 2 or 3 times what I wanted
The Goat (7 months ago)
What happend to common sense.????
alf beef (7 months ago)
Walmart cashes checks up to $3,000 for $3 so they're the easy way around this..
Donald B (7 months ago)
It's hard to believe that someone would cash a check for more than is owed. Have they been living under a rock?
Shuk Lim (7 months ago)
you fall for this scam only because you are greedy
Helen Boula (7 months ago)
sorry mf,s before i would steal i would eat from a dumsyet. sad sad.
King Rottennoggin (7 months ago)
I got one of these checks once. Dude wanted me to cash it, keep what I was owed and give him the rest. 2200 bux, I cashed the check, but just forgot the rest. I never heard from the guy. I guess I won.
Young So Cool Boss (3 months ago)
You ain’t get locked up for that
Cruzing 93 (6 months ago)
Karl Dupuis Until the check bounced, you owe your bank $2200. Plus a returned checked fee lol
Ajs daily Living (7 months ago)
👋🏻 checks are coming by postal service. It’s a red flag. When Criminals target elderly and offer you jobs as commission. Never except any job on line. A real job especially those that claim work from home. Those are red flags and also . Watch out for secret shoppers scams. Scams are on arise. Be safe out their. Too many low life out there.
Frances Venezia (7 months ago)
Take the check to the bank manager. He'll be able to tell you in less than a minute.
Anthony Sopran (7 months ago)
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OG213LA (7 months ago)
Only idiots fall for these scams.
Deana (7 months ago)
People are so stupid.
rj jr (7 months ago)
So that's basically Financial natural selection if you're too dumb to understand you're getting scammed then you deserve it
left margin noted pm (7 months ago)
Had a couple of "clients" send me exact amounts owed. Did my usual due diligence: check print, spelling, font, routing number lookuo, addresses (one had same address as bank with street, building number, city, state but different zip codes{?}), Contacting the banks (companies and accounts exist {sometimes the company's name is just placed on a random account; in two cases, correct company, address and routing is correct check numbers were correct, funds were available) only to be told two to five days later after the regular holding time for some checks, the checks were fake. Contact the issuing company too to not only see if such a person exist but to alert them of a/several checks with their info is circulating.
Why NOT just cash the checks & "NOT" send any money back to the scammers. If they ask for the money, just tell them it hasn't clear my bank yet. When it does, you'll get your money, otherwise be patient. What's the rush?😃 .
James Millican (7 months ago)
I love it when people get greedy and lose everything!!
John Holloway (7 months ago)
OK, jump ahead to 2018. This thing in my email box called "Cash for Patriots", scam or not??? Thanks
Kao Saeteurn (8 months ago)
Deposit the check wait for it to clear before withdrawing any money. Tell the other person to wait 2 weeks for refund.
Macdiel Carranza (8 months ago)
Here is the link to the website that was mentioned. https://www.ffiec.gov/nicpubweb/nicweb/SearchForm.aspx or you can look up "National Information Center" it is a .gov website
-OK Internet- (8 months ago)
If you didn't earn it you shouldn't cash it.
DVo (8 months ago)
What u do is get one of those checks from somebody else, not ur name, look @ what state it says the check is from, get a fake i.d. with the different name & the i.d. must be from the same state the check was issued from, go 2 that state, find a liquor store that cashes checks, put some super glue on ur fingers 2 hide ur finger prints, sign the check, put a fake phone number on the check under ur fake signature & whalla, u got some cash!!! But remember, ur breaking many laws so no matter what, it's a stupid idea, unless u dont get caught, but with 2days technology, the odds are against u, damn it's hard 2 be a criminal in 2days climate, what I'd give 2 be a criminal in the 50's & 60's, must of been so easy back inda day!!!
keyboyrecords (8 months ago)
2018 you deserve it slow retard
Shawn Zuercher (8 months ago)
I really don't feel that bad for people who fall for scams like this you got greedy or you're incredibly stupid and should probably be in an institution
Dan Bugenhagen (8 months ago)
They pull a scam similar on Craigslist, if your selling an item, beware, they try to send you a check for alot more than your asking price, and say they will send someone to pick up the item and tell you you can keep 50$for your trouble, and give the rest of money to the guy that picks up the item, I was selling a bike once for 150$ they sent me a check for 1500$, thinking I was stupid, and cash it, big scam they sent check from California, and had people in Pennsylvania, ready to pick up Bike and rest of money, quite a big scam ring of garbage heads. eBay simalar scams as well, selling tires there tryed same thing there.

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