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

2017-04-17T17:26:51  +
Beware of 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.

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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  • Posted: Sep 20, 2018 at 9:55 AM by an anonymous user from or near: 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!


  • Posted: Sep 18, 2018 at 10:16 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Hurst, Texas, United States

    Dr. Martin Kelly
    John Powell

    Both numbers were the same (628)222-2047


  • Posted: Aug 21, 2018 at 6:36 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Hampton, New Hampshire, 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


  • Posted: Jul 12, 2018 at 3:48 PM by an anonymous user from or near: 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.


  • Posted: Jul 25, 2017 at 6:09 PM by an anonymous user from or near: New Port Richey, Florida, United States

    My son was selling a table, saw on Craigslist for $1000. The man that agreed to buy it sent him a check for $2700. My son texted this man to let him know he received his check but it was too much money. The man said his secretary accidentally paid for the shipping all on one check. We asked him why he would pay $1,700 for shipping. He had no answer.

    Thankfully my son didn't cash the check because of how suspicious everything seemed. But I feel terrible for those that do. The check looked real. This is the number of this scam artist 628-222-6831.


  • Posted: Jun 23, 2017 at 2:22 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Manhattan Beach, California, United States

    A man by the name of Dr. Weaver posted a job on CL ended up being a scam. His number is 628-222-2047.


    • Posted: Aug 1, 2017 at 9:40 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Los Angeles, California, United States

      I too sent over my resume to this Dr.Weaver person and after we started emailing stuff just wasn't adding up so I completely cut him off. Even so, he sent a check and texted me he had done so. Who in their right mind would send a 4K $ check to a potential employee that never replied back to you?? Turns out my gut was right and it was a scam! He texted me from the same number.


  • Posted: May 5, 2017 at 11:18 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Phoenix, Arizona, United States

    The scammer's email address is jakethomas@jobs4u.com and telephone number is 628-222-2073. Do not cash the check and deposit the money in your account and use it; you will be responsible for paying back the money!


    • Posted: May 18, 2017 at 6:09 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Florissant, Missouri, United States

      Thank you. I always look up phone number to see if they are fake.


    • Posted: May 5, 2017 at 12:56 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Garland, Texas, United States

      Just got hooked by them today. My general skepticism told me to search online to see what I could find and I only searched by name in email address and nothing reported bogus came up and so I deposited check. When I got home and search with more info that was sent this post has shown up. I immediately called bank to stop this and now my account is locked out until resolved.


  • Posted: May 4, 2017 at 4:49 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Seattle, Washington, United States

    I work for DataQuest, and we were just notified by someone that received this letter and check. These people are using our company information and they have a similar fake PO Box listed on their scam letter.

    ***THIS IS A SCAM***


  • Posted: May 4, 2017 at 8:28 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Iowa City, Iowa, United States

    Wish I had investigated more when this happened to me the other day. My husband was very suspicious, but I had applied to be a secret shopper through a legitimate service. I thought this was them. Contacting bank now!


  • Posted: May 4, 2017 at 8:25 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Iowa City, Iowa, United States

    Jake Thomas 628-222-2073 with money to be sent to Jarrel Antiog in Texas.


  • Posted: May 1, 2017 at 2:29 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Olive Branch, Mississippi, United States

    This totally happened to me today!

    I received a printed out piece of paper saying Dataquest at the top. It gave me instructions to text the number 628-222-2073 saying "ASSIGNMENT RECEIVED" then to deposit the check for $2,350.00 into my account and send another text to 628-222-2073 saying "FUNDS DEPOSITED". It all seemed sketchy to me! I am so glad I done my research before going to my bank. It says something about my Assignment will be using a Walmart Money Center within the next 72 hours.

    The Assignment sheet says Canton, MO and the package it came in is from Arlington, TX.
    the bottom of the Assignment sheet says:

    "Jake Thomas
    Co-ordinator Dataquest LTD
    Contact phone number: 628-222-2073"

    the e-mail they used is jakethomasnational@jobs4u.com

    Who would send you a $2,350.00 check and only expect you to keep $320.00 of it.. That's ridiculous. Why not send you a check for $320.00 after you finished your assignment.
    People are crazy. I knew the cashier's check was a fake as soon as I seen it. It's just a print out with no water marks or anything.


  • Posted: Apr 17, 2017 at 4:55 PM by an anonymous user from or near: City of Saint Peters, Missouri, United States

    Just deposited check for a survey analyst before I seen this. His email is jakethomasnational@job4u.com and phone 1628-222-2073. What do I do now please help.


    • Posted: Apr 17, 2017 at 5:02 PM by info

      Contact your bank and let them know that you have discovered the check is a fake after doing your research. Let them know you were tricked by scammers into depositing the check.


  • Posted: Mar 14, 2017 at 9:11 AM by an anonymous user from or near: Lansdale, Pennsylvania, United States

    I was contacted with a letter and a cashiers check with jake thomas' name and phone number 628-222-2073! thankfully I was too suspicious and did some research!


  • Posted: Mar 6, 2017 at 11:16 PM by an anonymous user from or near: Buffalo, New York, United States

    Received communication from jake Thomas after filing out job applications on line. The job was mystery shopper, paid $330. I was subsequently approved for this position. Just didn't sound legitimate. I ignored subsequent communications, both phone and email.

    Today received an assignment with Walmart. Included with the letter is a cashiers check from Huntington bank in Columbus Ohio for $2,350 dollars. Remitter Buddy A Moore. Authorized signer, Laura Liber. Instructions are to deposit immediately into my account, then contact Jake to let him know it was deposited. Then within 24 hours they would authorize release of the funds. Then contact him to let him know funds were deposited. Then I would receive instructions for my assignment at Walmart. 1st would be to visit transaction center. 2nd to purchase items. Etc. the phone # Jake Thomas is using now is 626-222-2073. The package came from, Jennie Amanda, 3851 s. Cooper str, Arlington tx.

    I knew it was a scam, but checked Cirrus Marketing Intelligence website, where Jake Thomas claims to be co-ordinator, their website verifies this is a scam.


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