It doesn't happen often, but sometimes that check in the mail is real.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is one of the few places that will mail you a good check thanks to settlements from business accused of illegal or deceptive tactics for a product you have used.
But how can you tell that it is from them?
The first place to check is the FTC refunds page.
It lists every case in which refund checks were mailed out to consumers.
The FTC says the check will include a detailed explanation for why you are getting it.
The sender will not ask for personal information like your social security number or bank account.
And you will never, ever have to pay upfront fees to receive your money.
These checks are usually for small dollar amounts and make sure to check the company disbursing the check is one of the four that the FTC contracts with.
You can find more information about those companies here.