It is not surprising to hear of fake check scams going around, as many people still rely on paper checks for non-cash payments. Just ask any fraudster using the fake check scam to drain bank accounts across the country. While many consumers believe they would recognize a fake check if they saw one, the continued success of this scam proves otherwise.
During this unique situation with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, there are people who try to take advantage of an already chaotic situation. At Logix Federal Credit Union, we’re here to help you, providing resources to keep you informed.
We’ve previously shared about employment scams, where fraudsters prey on victims looking for jobs. In a typical employment scam, the fraudster poses as an employer and sends the victim a check with instructions to deposit it into the victim's account, keeping a small portion of the check for themselves and wiring the remaining balance to another account. A few days later, the deposited check returns on the victim’s account (as a counterfeit, account closed, or other non-payment reason), leaving the victim responsible for the lost funds.
Did you hear it was Amazon Prime Day not long ago? If you didn’t, it really caused some people to be frustrated. In fact, many comments were posted on Amazon’s Facebook page about hurried consumers who couldn’t purchase their coveted prizes during this time because the website was slow, crashed, or just did something to prevent them. Well, according to a report from the security firm Shape Security, hackers may have helped cause the problems.