Check Scams On The Rise
Mail and Internet scams seem too good to be true, and they usually are.
Now, there has been a 23 percent increase over the last six months, according to the Attorney General's Officer.
The increase could be a direct result of the country's economic crisis.
â€œPeople are looking for money, people are looking to doing it criminally,â€ Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said. â€œYou know we have an economic downturn in Florida, now we have an economic downturn around the world.â€
Some people have received checks in the mail, saying that they were winners of a lottery. When they call to redeem the prize, they are told to sign the check, bring it to the bank and make a deposit. It's that easy, and anyone can be a victim of a scam.
Bank officials said when they notice checks that don't seem right, they offer to hold them for a few days, which gives them a chance to spot bad checks.
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