Checking Scams Hits Brazos Valley

By: Rashi Vats Email
By: Rashi Vats Email

An old scam is finding its way to the Brazos Valley, and already several residents have become victims.

The Better Business Bureau calls it the check cashing scam.

"Most of the people who called had not become victims yet. They were just on the potential victim's list. There are a lot of people that are going to get checks like this, and it just runs in cycles," said Bill McGuire with the Better Business Bureau.

The scammers usually target buying and selling websites like Ebay and Craigslist according to McGuire.

Here's how it works. There's a seller and the customer. The customer gives the seller more money than he actually asks for, and then later asks for the extra money back by wiring it back to the bank account. Wiring back is instantaneous, but once you deposit a check, you find out days later that it's actually fake.

The way to prevent yourself from becoming a victim is simple.

"If you get a check that you are not expecting or that has to do with Craigslist or Ebay, you better check it out first. Make sure that it is real," McGuire said.
This scam has even made the list of top ten scams of 2011 that was released by the BBB this week.

To look at the list, click here.

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