Are there fake checks arriving in Valley mailboxes?

Posted at 7:04 PM, Feb 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-03 21:04:28-05
So you're looking for a job online; or maybe you're selling something. You get a response and suddenly there's a big check in the mail. It looks legit from a real bank or business and it's for a lot of money.
This is happening Valley wide and we get people asking about these checks every week.
So is it a big payday?
Or are you going to feel like a big dummy if you cash it?
I think you know the answer. You deposit the check, only to find later it's bad. But by then, you have followed the instructions that were sent with the check. That means you've sent money from your bank account to someone else (the scammers!).
Or you're told to buy ITunes or other gift cards. You read the numbers on the back of the cards to your supposed new "employer." It's like money in their pocket and gone from yours.
Do not let these idiots win!
You'll never get a real check for work you haven't done. And you won't be overpaid for something you are selling. You may not  to believe it when there's a real-looking check in your hand.
But it's true, and the bank will tell you the same thing.
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