that check real Or a scam?
may look and sound legitimate, but as the saying goes, if it sounds too good to
be true, it probably is. The check is most likely phony and you will lose money.
Signs it’s a scam:
You’re informed that you’ve won a foreign lottery and are asked to cash a
check and send money to cover taxes or fees.
A work-at-home opportunity involves cashing a check, keeping some money and wire
transferring the rest.
You’re told you’ve been overpaid for an item you sold on the Internet and
should return the extra money by wire transfer.
Someone e-mails you and seeks a favor, asking you to cash their check and wire
transfer them the money.
Remember: Never wire transfer money to a stranger. Congratulations! You’ve won!
win $1 million in a contest you never entered. Is it good luck or is it a scam?
scams come in many forms. You may receive a letter or a phone call saying
you’ve won a contest, international lottery or sweepstakes. Regardless of the
pitch, it’s almost always a scam: You never receive the money you supposedly
won. No matter how real it seems, never send money in exchange for a prize; you
didn’t win anything and you are about to be ripped off.
Signs of a scam:
You win a contest you never entered.
You’re asked to wire transfer money.
You receive an unexpected check in the mail.
The winning notice is sent via bulk mail.
You must pay “taxes” or administrative fees.
The contest name is deceptively similar (even identical) to a well-known