Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money

Scammers are sending out fake checks(cheques) to potential victims, asking them to cash or deposit the checks to do some form of transactions with the money, or send the money to them. The scammers are pretending to be from the National Survey Service, National Shopping Service, employment agencies, Walmart and other organisations.

Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money

Here are some of the names and telephones being used by the scammers:

  • Jake Thomas - 628-222-2086
  • Chris Morgan - 813-320-6913
  • John Baker - 941-825-0488

Recipients of similar checks or cheques are asked not to cash or deposit them, do any form of transactions with the money, or send the money. Or else, they will have to pay back the money that was spent and sent, and the cost of processing the fake check when it bounces. Or, may even get arrested for taking part in a scam or fraudulent activity they were unaware of.

Remember, your bank may learn, after you withdraw or wire the money from your account, that the check you were given was fraudulent. At this time the check will be returned to the bank unpaid and the full amount of the check will be deducted from your account. Because bank customers are generally responsible for the checks they deposit, the victims of these scams are left to repay the bank the money they withdrew against the bad check.

The scam usually works because under federal law, banks make the funds you deposit available quickly – usually within one to five days, depending on the type of check. But just because you can withdraw the money doesn't mean the check is good, even if it's a cashier's check. It can take weeks for the forgery to be discovered and the check to be returned.

Persons who have been tricked by the check scam are asked to contact their banks immediately for help, before the banks discover the scam first and think they are involved.

If you are a victim, or was contacted by the scammers, please leave the names and telephone numbers they are using in the comment section below.

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March 18, 2020 at 4:14 PM by
Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money
an anonymous user from: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Kathleen Mason HR and Peter Spencer CTO were names and titles impersonating working for Temenos Mississauga. They offered me a job saying training will be $20/hour and after that $35/hour for a customer service role. They also gave me a cheque for $2850 telling me to buy Steam, Amazon and iTunes gift cards and said they will provide me with a Mac, as it is a work from home position. I called Temenos directly and asked about the position and the people who reached out to me and they mentioned no one by those names work here.

They message through gmail accounts and google hangouts.


January 22, 2020 at 1:29 PM by
Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money
an anonymous user from: Tahlequah, Oklahoma, United States

Oleg Cheine impersonates HRM wanting to hire someone for work at home data entry for CannaSOS LLC. They sent me a bogus cashiers check for 2950 and it bounced a week later. He demanded I buy amazon and apple gift cards. I spent 2000 dollars of the money in gift cards and then he wanted me to send 670 dollars by western union to the “vendor “ for office equipment. I am now stuck with an overdrawn account for 2250.

He uses messages through Google.

I also got a phone call from this number from Washington DC. 2025737668


January 26, 2021 at 1:31 PM by
Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money
an anonymous user from: Deschutes, Redmond, Oregon, United States

Hey do you have any more information on the scam regarding Oleg? What email or contact information did you have with him?


May 20, 2019 at 2:13 PM by
Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money
an anonymous user from: Cleveland, Ohio, United States

Walmart Scam for $2800 from phone #815-701-9657. Telling you to buy Walmart cards in the amount of $400 and to buy 3 from two different Walmart stores. It is a scam and these theives need to be jailed. They are using copies of Coamerica checks that are not perfect and they have no account # for the person sending them. Signed by Callie LaRu


September 6, 2019 at 8:40 PM by
Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money
an anonymous user from: Urbandale, Iowa, United States

Got one too. Exactly the same thing you got. Report them to the Federal Trade Commission your states attorney general and the United States Postal Service. That's what I did.


May 13, 2019 at 4:52 PM by
Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money
an anonymous user from: Kansas City, Kansas, United States

Check scam. Requesting to cash a cashiers check and go to walmart to buy gift cards.

Name listed is John Simpson

Phone 585-318-7464



September 20, 2018 at 9:55 AM by
Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money
an anonymous user from: San Antonio, Texas, United States



Buyer claimed to be a "Brandon Allen"

We were selling a sofa on Craigslist for $550 - buyer contacted me through Craigslist and offered $450. I provided him my phone number so that we could coordinate payment/pickup. I received a text from the buyer who said they would send a check, and after the check cleared the bank, they would arrange for the sofa pickup.

Shortly after our initial exchange, I received a text from a new number (the 929 one) from the buyer, who claimed that they were "having issue with their other phone".

The buyer sent me a tracking number for the check although it never appeared to leave the USPS facility. I started getting suspicious, so I googled both phone numbers and found some highly suspect info, including a listing of the 281 number on this site. I received his check yesterday, which was printed for $1850 with some random person's name as the issuer. From the feedback I've seen here, this is 100% fraudulent. Don't accept checks for Craigslist purchases, folks!


September 18, 2018 at 10:16 AM by
Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money
an anonymous user from: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

Dr. Martin Kelly

John Powell

Both numbers were the same (628)222-2047


August 21, 2018 at 6:36 PM by
Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money
an anonymous user from: Boston, Massachusetts, United States




Scam - They are pretending to buy something on Craigslist and then are asking you to send someone else money to get the item shipped/moved


July 12, 2018 at 3:48 PM by
Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money
an anonymous user from: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States



These are both check scams. Friend of mine was selling an item on Craigslist and both of these numbers wanted to send him a check for FAR more than the items listed price saying to keep the change (well over $1k) for shipping. Ridiculous.


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Stop Contact With The Scammer

Hang up the phone. Do not reply to emails, messages, or letters that the scammer sends. Do not make any more payments to the scammer. Beware of additional scammers who may contact you claiming they can help you get your lost money back.

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Report your issue to the following agencies based on the nature of the scam:

  • Local Law Enforcement: Consumers are encouraged to report scams to their local police department or sheriff’s office, especially if you lost money or property or had your identity compromised.
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Phishing emails and text messages often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment. You might get an unexpected email or text message that looks like it’s from a company you know or trust, like a bank or a credit card or utility company. Or maybe it’s from an online payment website or app. The message could be from a scammer, who might

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Check Scams - Do Not Cash or Deposit Checks from Strangers to do Transactions or Send Money