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 Post subject: Check in the mail
PostPosted: Fri Oct 24, 2008 11:04 pm 
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I was sent a check via DHL from HGC Marketing - the check is drawn on Bank of America, Oakland CA. The account is in the name of Saint Mary's College. These two places and addresses exist. Is this for real or is the check a fake? I have done so many on line surveys that I don't remember many of the names.

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 Post subject: Re: Check in the mail
PostPosted: Sat Oct 25, 2008 1:27 pm 
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I have a suspicion it's going to be a forgery. The best thing to do is Google St Mary's College and get their contact number and give them a call, if it's bogus they will let you know and it will also let them know that someone is sending checks in their name and they can put a freeze on the account to prevent any more from being forged.


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 Post subject: Re: Check in the mail
PostPosted: Sun Oct 26, 2008 11:55 am 
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Do you work for HGC Marketing or Saint Mary's College? If not, I would say that the check is fake. Why would they be sending you a check.

I agree with ximora . . . look up the number and do some research . . . DO NOT CALL ANY PHONE NUMBERS LISTED ON THE CHECK! Also, you could bring the check to Bank of America and tell them that you got the check, and have no idea why you would be getting this check so you are wondering if it is fake and let them check into it.

DO NOT DEPOSIT IT INTO YOUR OWN BANK ACCOUNT! DO NOT ASK TO CASH IT!

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 Post subject: Re: Check in the mail
PostPosted: Fri Sep 10, 2010 3:46 pm 
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I received a counterfeit check in the mail. I begn to rejoice after I called who I now believe was a nigerian scam artist. I was told that the cashiers check was sent to me as a sweepstakes winning for shoping at Home Depot. I called my bank (ING Direct) told them about the check, and asked for instructions. I was told to send the cashiers check to deposit. I sent the check to the bank, and waited one full week for the check to clear. The amount of the check was much less than the balance of my two accounts. The so-called cleared funds sat in my account for nearly another week. I did not use any of this money. My account was frozen, this is when the nightmare started.
I was told that I knowingly deposited a bad check. I told them that, this was a cashiers check from a known bank. I asked the bank rep. if the check was a fraud, why did you people make the funds available after a weeks time. You must have been fooled also. They froze my money in two accounts. Yet, they allowed for my direct deposity to be deposited into the frozen accounts, and would not give me access to my money for months.
I filed a complaint with the BBB, Federal Reserve and consumer protection, all was a waste of time and energy.


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 Post subject: Re: Check in the mail
PostPosted: Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:37 am 
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weedoogy - I am SO SORRY to hear that this has happened to you. Once the bank found that the check was counterfeit they SHOULD have just removed the money from that check from your account and everything would have been just as it was the day before you deposited the check, since you did not spend any of the money.

Please go here http://scamvictimsunited.com/Reporting_scams.htm
and report the scam to all of the places listed.

Have you since turned off your direct deposit? This is something that we also encourage people to do on our Resources/Reporting page. If you have not already done so, I would open a new bank account at a different bank and have your direct deposit sent to that account so that you have money to live off of until this issue is resolved.

Even if things are resolved with the bank now, you might want to look for another bank. Before opening an account, ask them about their policy for cashier's checks. I did that for the bank that we are with now. When I went in I asked "If I deposited a cashier's check today, how long would I need to wait to make sure the money is good?" The employee started asking me questions and informed me that the average clearance time was 7 - 10 business days, but she also informed me how to put a hold on the check so that none of the money could be used until the issuing bank has said that the check is real. THIS is the information that bank employees SHOULD be telling people, so I smiled and said "Thank you. I would like to open an account with your bank."

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 Post subject: Re: Check in the mail
PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2011 6:18 pm 
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I got one to and it was from Woodforest national Bank, I called to verify the check and the purchaser or serial number was not listed and it was from a job offer for a personal assistant job from Craigslist. I hate people playing with our lives especially when you are trying to work an find a job, but you can't do that when scammers are all over the internet.


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