Check cashing scam goes digital: Here comes the banking app version

The check cashing scam comes in many flavors: fake lottery, fake work-at-home, fake inheritance, Nigerian Prince, etc. Consumers have told Your BBB about all those and more, but they’re really all the same. In all cases, someone wants you to deposit a check in your account, send money to them or someone else and “take…

Counterfeit check scam targets lawyers

You don’t normally think of lawyers as potential victims of fraud–they’re usually pretty savvy folks. However, there is a check/wire fraud scam that specifically targets attorneys. The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) posted a warning about it a couple of years ago, but it’s still going around. Although he isn’t an attorney, a colleague at Your…

Check out that (bogus) check–or better yet, just throw it away

A check in the mail isn’t always good news. If you weren’t expecting it and don’t know the people who sent it, it’s probably a fake–and it could get you into a lot of trouble. Your BBB just got a call from a consumer in Corpus Christi whose son got a very official-looking check for $2,700,…

Work-at-home still a scary proposition — even if it’s ‘temporary’

BBB has warned before about the dangers of taking on work-at-home opportunities–there are so many opportunities to get ripped off. But con artists are pretty crafty. That’s their business. What if they convinced you it wasn’t really a work-at-home job? A consumer from Mexia, Texas recently got taken by that ruse. She says she never…

Job hunters: Don’t become an unwitting partner in crime

BBB recently got a report of a work-at-home scam that impersonated an accredited business in the Austin area. The business got constant phone calls from people asking, “Am I working for you?” They weren’t. Luckily for the business, the scammers seem to have moved on. The phone calls quit coming. A bunch of people who…

No, you did not win that $1.25M sweepstakes you never entered

So you got something in the mail saying you won a million dollars in a sweepstakes you never entered. And they included a check for several thousand dollars to cover the upfront fees. It’s your lucky day, right? Not so fast. This is a scam that could cost you and even get you into trouble…