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"Surprising" checks being sent to Valley mailboxes; real or fake?

Posted at 5:00 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-25 08:15:00-04

Big checks are going out to Valley mailboxes.  

They're made out to you.

But if you didn't recognize the sender, would you still deposit the check?  

It's our number one question: Is it real or fake?

My answer is always the same: "If you get a check from someone you don't know, for a large amount, for work you haven't done yet or overpayment for something you're selling, it's fake!"

But with alluring amounts upwards of $3,000, some people deposit the checks anyway, and get scammed.

They find out the check is bad AFTER being asked to send some of it back.

So, don't believe me?

I decided to gather some the checks you sent to me, and call the banks on the front.

I found the businesses listed on the checks were real.

But they had no idea their business had been used.

The banks were real too.

But all of the accounts I checked didn't exist.

Some of the banks and addresses were misspelled.

Bottom line, no one is giving you this much money for doing nothing.

There are legitimate lawsuit settlement checks.

But they're usually for less money, and easy to look up online.