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help!! i just got myself involved in a scam and i dont know what to do : (

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posted on May, 28 2015 @ 01:12 PM
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i have a profile on care.com, a website for people looking for jobs babysitting and housekeeping, and I got a weird text from a person who called themselves mrs. mary and she texted that she is hard of hearing and needs a housekeeper and errand person, she got my address and zipcode and email address, and is going to send me a check with lots of money on it, and told me to keep 300 dollars for myself, just for picking out some furniture, they said they wanted me to cash the check when it comes in so I googled care.com scam and discovered that this has been happening to a lot of people!! what am I supposed to do now? the check is most certainly going to be fake and they are trying to get money from me




posted on May, 28 2015 @ 01:17 PM
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dont send any money?


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posted on May, 28 2015 @ 01:17 PM
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a reply to: Mousygretchen

Don't cash the check and report it to your local police..

Simple




posted on May, 28 2015 @ 01:20 PM
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ok thanks



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 01:27 PM
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a reply to: Mousygretchen

I got a check like that once. I took it to the bank and explained to them the situation. They told me that the check would probably bounce, and I would be responsible for any fees and the faux deposit would be deducted from my bank account. I thought that THEY would notify the authorities, but they said that they didn't do that, and advised me to notify the police.
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posted on May, 28 2015 @ 01:39 PM
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a reply to: Mousygretchen




and told me to keep 300 dollars for myself, just for picking out some furniture, they said they wanted me to cash the check when it comes in so


They will use that to get your banking details and wipe you out. DON'T CASH THAT CHECK.



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 01:39 PM
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originally posted by: semperfortis
a reply to: Mousygretchen

Don't cash the check and report it to your local police..

Simple



100% the correct answer. The scam relies on you depositing the check and immediately after you do, the person might tell you that they don't actually require your services and ask you to send their money back. Their check is of course fraudulent and even if funds become available, it will eventually bounce and you'll be responsible for repaying any funds (including the funds they'll ask you to send back). In recent years check scammers have really started to target people looking for at home employment.
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posted on May, 28 2015 @ 01:40 PM
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explain it to the cop's (just dont take your dog)
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posted on May, 28 2015 @ 01:41 PM
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a reply to: Mousygretchen
You say that you know this is a scam , so just what is your problem ? . i say bin the check and forget about it .



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 01:57 PM
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the check is supposed to be coming in next week, but its a good thing the police station is in walking distance,

thanks everybody. I was really rattled once I realized that it was a scam



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 02:10 PM
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a reply to: Mousygretchen

You have gotten some good advice here.

Something similar happened to me a few years ago...I went to my bank and they told me about the scam and I also contacted the local FBI. Don't cash the check and take the evidence to the authorities.

Many future blessings to you.



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 02:12 PM
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thanks



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 03:14 PM
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originally posted by: windword
a reply to: Mousygretchen

I got a check like that once. I took it to the bank and explained to them the situation. They told me that the check would probably bounce, and I would be responsible for any fees and the faux deposit would be deducted from my bank account. I thought that THEY would notify the authorities, but they said that they didn't do that, and advised me to notify the police.

Important info there.
The bank will not follow up. It is up to the person affected to notify the police.



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 04:14 PM
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It's a pretty good rule of thumb that if anybody (particularly people that you do not know) makes an offer such as this, it should be treated as a scam.
This is very similar to the "I'm a Prince from Nigeria" emails that used to go around.
edit on 5/28/2015 by ProfessorChaos because: typo



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 04:37 PM
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awesome



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 04:48 PM
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a reply to: Mousygretchen

Do not under any circumstances put that check in your bank! That is how they get your bank account info and then they can access it.I had a 'similar' scam happen to me,and I contacted the company that was supposed to have sent me the check. They told me not to do anything with the check at all. That the bank stamps your account number on it and then when it comes back to the scammers,they have your account.



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 05:11 PM
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That's an old scam. I would literally call the local police or better yet the FBI. No joke. I had a friend who was looking for a job and was approached with the can you cash this check for me then give me the money scam. She called the FBI. theres a office right down the street. The FBI was helpful and took down all of the info. If you cash that bad check, it will get caught up in fraud a few days later and you will be liable to pay the bank back. Ie...it's a scam to take YOUR money. Don't do it. Screw that person and call the feds on them.



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 05:59 PM
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Someone tried to get me that way too
was selling my old airsoft rifle, they said they'd pay twice what its worth. Hearing that red flags went up. When I got the check, I contacted the bank it was 'drawn' off of, and as I suspected, it was fraudulent. I notified the police, they took a report and said to destroy the check if I wanted to, as they dont take that stuff.



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 06:43 PM
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i would just toss the check and forget about it.
sure, you can call the cops and let them know about it but i dont see much happening with it.

probably wont be on the cops priority list what with all the domestic violence and drunk drivers.

either way, just dont cash it.

if you feel froggy you can go to one of them crappy gas stations that cash checks and see if you can get a few billies from it.
i wouldnt though because the check is of course bs and even if you cash it at a gas station they are going to have your info, not theirs.



posted on May, 28 2015 @ 11:31 PM
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originally posted by: ProfessorChaos
It's a pretty good rule of thumb that if anybody (particularly people that you do not know) makes an offer such as this, it should be treated as a scam.
This is very similar to the "I'm a Prince from Nigeria" emails that used to go around.


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