Friday, July 22, 2011
Attorney General Gary King's Consumer Protection Division's CounterfeitCheck DataBase has been
to help consumers identify fraudulentchecks that are currently circulating in New Mexico.Consumers can viewa variety of bogus checks athttp://www.nmag.gov/checkscams/default.aspxFraudulent checks that have been added to the AG's Counterfeit Check DataBasetoday range in amount from
$3,000.00 to $4,995.00
.There are several variations of Counterfeit Check scams including:
Mystery Shopper Scams-
Due to the current economic climate, theAG'soffice continues to see Mystery Shopper Scams in NewMexico.Anexample of one such fraudulent offer from
"CRG Mystery Shoppers"
isuploaded with the accompanying fake check on the AG's CounterfeitCheckData Base.The scamcan vary but the premise is basically the same. The scammerasksthe consumer to evaluate theeffectiveness of a money transferservice. The consumer receives acheck with instructions to deposit andwithdrawcash, andtransfer moneythrough a specific money transferservice toanotherperson or business.The check is fraudulent and, inthe end, consumer ends up owing fees totheir financial institution.
Consumers report receiving bogus checks for"part" of their winnings from contests and sweepstakes they neverentered.The fake checks appear to be real.Consumer advocates atthe three offices of the New Mexico Attorney General can confirm thevalidity of any check that lands in consumers' mailboxes. A boguscashier's check and letter from
Seashore View Trust Inc.
have beenplaced on the AG's Counterfeit Check Data base to serve as anexample.