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Avoid fake check scams, follow these helpful hints to avoid being a ‘sucker’

Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011 11:06 am

The other day I got one of those annoying e-mails from a supposed Nigerian prince promising rich rewards for helping to move money out of his country. It's hard to believe those kinds of scams are still thriving, but they are. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by the Consumer Federation of America, fraud (including fake checks, bogus sweepstakes and work-at-home schemes) is now among the top 10 consumer complaints received by consumer protection agencies.

Endless variations on fake check swindles are being perpetrated by phone, letter and e-mail, including these gems:

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