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Good Samaritans hit by check scam
SHEBOYGAN, Wis. (3/9/10)--Two Good Samaritans fell victim to a check scam outside of a Madison, Wis. credit union, according to local media reports. On two different occasions, a man approached a credit union member and asked for help in cashing a personal check. The man said he and his family were stranded in Madison on their way back from New Jersey. He needed to cash a check to get back home and didn’t have an account with the credit union or an ATM card. He said the credit union wouldn’t cash the check (The Sheboygan Press Feb. 28). The man suggested that he could write a personal check payable to the members, who could cash the checks and keep $10 for their trouble. Both members fell for the scam, and neither kept the $10. The checks were for $480 each. The scammer received $960 because the checks were from with an account closed because of nonsufficient funds, the newspaper said. Last month, Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen warned Wisconsin consumers to be on the lookout for fake check scams. Some scams affecting consumers include those that require individuals to pay taxes on contest winnings, or those that involve a person in a foreign country asking for help in transferring a large sum of money to the U.S. The victim is sent a check to initialize the transfer, but after the money is sent back, the individuals usually discover the check was forged. The victim loses money as a result.
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