Forgot to void check before sending photocopy, could I be in trouble?

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Forgot to void check before sending photocopy, could I be in trouble?

Postby credit_card_fonz » Sun Mar 17, 2013 12:44 pm

I think I may have goofed. I emailed a very well known corporation because someone sent me a check written on that corporation that I suspected of fraud. Anyhow I scanned the check and attached it to the email, but I forgot to void it.

It's totally suspicious because I was expecting payment from someone from out of state, they told me a friend of theirs would send the payment. A couple days later someone sends via Express Mail USPS a check written on a major corporation account in the amount of $5,000! It was printed by hand and it appeared very easy to alter. We tried to make out the scribbles used for a signature and it appeared to be signed "Big [email protected]$$"
The return address was M. Smith; Main ST; Anytown MO, but the tracking number showed origin scan was Atlanta, GA.. What's more interesting, the company address on the check was Chicago, IL. I was told by my contact to call Mr. J. Jones 1-800-222-2222 concerning questions about the check.

The guy at my local bank said it appeared the check was written on official document check paper and it appeared to have come out of a business style 3up checkbook. I only wanted to get some expert opinions on the document paper used and see if we could make out the signature. I first thought about turning it over to local police, but I doubt they would care or do much with it, so I decided to look up the contact info for the corp who's account the check was written on because I figured if this was a case of fraud, they would want to act as quickly as possible to protect themselves. I then emailed them with the attached scan of the check so they could investigate it. The original is in my safe until I get instructions what to do with it.

I'm now more convinced then ever this was a fake because I received and email message to wire the excessive funds via Western Union. So a company the size of IBM Corp is going to send me a hand printed check for $5,000 made payble to my name to cover the $1,500 you owe me then trust me to take out a fair amount for my trouble, S&H and wire the rest via Western Union to you? Sorry buy my S&h just went up to $3,500!

So could there be any problems with me contacting the company directly? Could there be problems since I forgot to void the check?

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Postby cashback » Sun Mar 17, 2013 1:18 pm

That's a very common scam. I'm not sure exactly how it works, but that is exactly what they do. Send you a check in excess and tell you to send them back the rest. Somehow they get your info and scam you in the works.
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Postby bisbicos » Sun Mar 17, 2013 2:37 pm

Who sent the check? Was it a rich Nigerian prince?
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Postby credit_card_fonz » Sun Mar 17, 2013 9:20 pm

My contact is overseas. The check came from a company here in the United States. My contact said she grew up in Canada and she had a friend in GA who would send me a money order. Instead I get this check for way over the amount of purchase written on a major corporation.

I'm sick of people trying to pass bogus stuff onto me. I asked about traveler's checks a while back, then right after I did I took a bogus one. The bank returned it unpaid because several traveler's checks with the same number were passed within a short time of each other. I handed it over to the police and the officer looked at it with a puzzled look on his face and said "looks real to me". I don't give a crap what it looks like, it's still counterfeit!

I tried to call Friday afternoon and was told to call back Monday, so I sent them an email to their Corp office scanned the check and attached it to the email. If someone is misusing their company checks, I wanted them to be able to get right on it immediately. I'd likely die of shock if they responded they were going to trust someone they don't know with a $5,000 check. The problem is I forgot to void the check before I sent it, just got sloppy. My cousin said I could get in big trouble for forgery since I photocopied the check but it wasn't clearly marked COPY or VOID.

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Postby Rina » Sat Mar 23, 2013 8:03 am

Sorry, but this whole scenario sounds weird to me, and I hate to sound like I'm "blaming the victim". First you said it was a friend of yours out of state making a payment to you. If someone needs to pay you, you should first ascertain the terms/method of payment before you get into a situation that you're owed money.

Subsequently you said that your "contact" is overseas. Are you referring to the same person as before? You also said that you're "sick of people trying to pass bogus stuff" to you, so I suspect you're in some kind of business. If so, you should ensure that anyone who pays you must do so through some verified payment processor.

WRT the check, if it was indeed drawn on a legitimate corporation's and not blank, there's no need to mark it VOID. You're not seeking to cash it, but rather authenticate it.

In general, it sounds like you don't have the proper guardrails to avoid something like this in the future, so you should rethink your strategy.
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Postby beef.stu » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:09 am

classic scam.
1)You deposit the check and get a temporary credit from your bank as you always do when you deposit a check
2)You wire them the "excess funds", but then a few days later the check doesnt clear and you are out of the money that you essentially just gave to the scammer.

Ive always wondered how people can be so clueless as to fall into this trap...However it is fun wasting these scammers time by pretending that you are showing interest though
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Postby Z06Biker » Tue Apr 23, 2013 3:12 pm

bisbicos wrote:Who sent the check? Was it a rich Nigerian prince?

I think that's the same guy who tries to buy everything from me off Craigslist that's over $300.
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Postby FastSRT8 » Sun May 05, 2013 11:06 am

This is way to complicated to get paid. If anyone tells you you can keep extra money for your troubles its a scam. If western Union is involved its a scam.

This is a scam.
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Postby DoingHomework » Sun May 05, 2013 7:50 pm

beef.stu wrote:\However it is fun wasting these scammers time by pretending that you are showing interest though

One of my favorite hobbies. It's amazing what you can get these scammers to do if they believe you. Google scam baiting.

I've got 3 on the hook right now.

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Postby credit_card_fonz » Tue May 07, 2013 10:10 pm

scam baiting is risky business but what can you do that's safe and fun? I tried wasting the scammer's time, ended up being sent another check for $5,000 they said it was an advance to work for them. They also sent me check printing software, printable checks and instructions for who to send checks to and for how much. These people have showed me they are nobody to mess with and I wouldn't recommend anyone try it. I was lucky they just had my work address but not my home address.

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