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Do you offer your professional services as a babysitter, nanny, or other kind of caregiver? You may have used websites that can match you up with potential clients – sites like Care.com or Sittercity.com. These sites can be a convenient and efficient way to drum up business. But scammers may misuse these sites. FTC staff has seen complaints about con artists cheating caregivers with a counterfeit check scheme that asks you to send payment to a third party. Details may vary, but, in general, the scam works like this:

Someone replies to your listing on the site, saying they want to hire you to care for their child, parent, or even a pet. They often say they live out of state and are moving to your area soon. They may ask you – with a very persuasive story that tugs at your heartstrings – to accept delivery of special items or medical equipment their loved one will need while in your care. They send you a check to deposit and ask you to keep some money as payment for your services and then transfer the rest to a third party – supposedly to pay for the goods.

What’s the problem? The check and the third party turn out to be fake. It takes only a day or two for your bank to make the money available to you, but it can take weeks for your bank to determine a check is phony. If you already withdrew that money, you’re on the hook to pay back the bank. If you’ve already transferred the money to the third party, it’s gone – like sending cash. And, since the recipient can pick up the money from a different money transfer location than the one you sent it to, it’s nearly impossible to find the recipient. That’s how these con artists avoid detection.

So how can you protect yourself? If a potential client urges you to transfer money using a service like Western Union or MoneyGram, it’s probably a scam. Don’t send money to someone you don’t know, either in cash or through a money transfer service. Likewise, don’t deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then transfer the money. No matter how convincing the story, it’s a lie. And, as always, don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial information, regardless of whether the message comes as an email, a phone call, a text, or an ad.

If you or someone you know was tricked into transferring money – for any reason, report it to the money transfer company:

  • MoneyGram: 1-800-666-3947 (1-800-955-7777 for Spanish) or at moneygram.com
  • Western Union: 1-800-448-1492

Then, report it to the FTC. And you may want to notify the site that’s being misused. The scammer is likely trying to prey on other caregivers looking for work.

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Please file a complaint with the FTC and describe what happened. It’s important to submit a formal complaint because investigators from all over the country use the FTC's database. Your complaint could help in their investigations.

In the meantime she lost her husband in a car accident, and her 6 year old son got badly injured and is in a wheelchair. When I started reading her message I felt so bad because the story was very sad, by the end of the email I realized that its a scam...

I have the same thing happening! Her name is Shanna Hope who is deaf with a 66 year old step mom moving to my area from Chicago willing to pay 25/hr. I sent my resume which had private information, what do I do??? She offered to pay me in advance. Then and there I knew it was a scam.

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just got a text today from her, she found me on care.com says shes moving here from florida, im in colorado

Shanna Hope is what she used with me. Thank God I'm older with very good common sense. I'll be praying for all these people that are preying on people trying to make an honest living! It will all come back to them one day.

Me too :(

I just got this same email today

Same lady is trying to do me..... Going by Karri Kate.... Saying she has a 6 yr old son and hard of hearing....sending a check for $2,775 also for weeks of pay.... Wants me to run errands for her..... Haven't even met her.....glad I found this site bc so many scammers!!!! Thank you!!

OMG thank you for posting! I got the exact same woman same story. She seemed suspicious so I did some research leading me to your post. I wish I knew how to report her such a shame

Rosewilliams653 she tolde the same exact thing the only difference is that she said that she has a 6yr old son name jason n she moved she send in a 2775 check and I'm going to definitely report it to ftc thanks you guys I knew it was to easy to food to be true

I believe I am in the process of being scammed. I received a text from a weird number saying that they had a babysitting job available for me. I emailed them back and they told be their name was Betty Thorn and her husbands name is Joshua. (Bettythorn she said that would be reviewing a check from her husbands accountant and that I was to deposit it as soon as I recieved it. They then told me that I was to take 350 dollars for myself and then forward the rest of the money to a toy compny in GA. They said that they were to relocate to where I live on April 16th and so they wanted all the toys and everything to be here before they got here. I recieved the check today but I will not cash it in. I'm gnna head to my bank and ask them to look at the check and to see if this is true or not.

The above name posted an advert on gumtree seeking a happy and kind person to care for his 3 year old son David. Having corresponded with "James" via email it is clear that he is trying to scam me with a fake cheque. Spun a story about how his wife and son will be moving over in a month, that she is busy with work etc and that I will need to deposit the cheque, take my fee and transfer the rest to his wife so that she can afford her amenities. Quite annoyed as I actually really need to find a new job and this has set me back a few days.

i just went through this with a "Lisa Follmer," saying she and her family were moving to my area from Australia and I had to buy all their groceries before they arrived. I was to cash the check they sent me, take $350 out for myself, then wire the rest to random people in New York and Florida. I have a lot of names and numbers, including "Lisa's" email address. Bunniebug am so glad my family told me it was probably a scam, but it was after I gave her some personal info...I so wish I went with my gut and didn't respond but I needed a job so badly and this sounded great. I'm not sure if I should take the check to the police or send it back or what. What a cruel way to trick people! I wasted so much time thinking I had a job when I could have been applying elsewhere. Humans like this are sick and cruel! Please be safe everyone!

I just finished filing a complaint with the IC3 about this woman, Lisa Follmer. She had the exact same story for me, and i was almost fooled by it. Call the FBI field office in your area, they will inform you on how to make a complaint and tell you to keep the check in a safe location in case you need it for further inquiries. I just received the check yesterday. This woman is a monster.

Hello! Okay so this "Lisa Follmer" contacted my friend who is a little naive. She's 18 and believed it all. Lisa's story was that she needed to pay her realtor and that my friend could keep the rest. She fell for it and CASHED THE $3,000 check!!!! It bounced and now she's going to report it. I myself was contacted by her and was fed the same story except she hasn't said where the money needs to go to yet! I'm going to string her along and get as much info as I can. She also is writing me from bunniebug She has scammed soooo many people !!!! They need to be stopped!! I'm going to receive check and notify police and also send in a complaint. People like this need to sit in jail thinking about what they have done and shouldn't be able to spend all this money they are getting for free !!!!! They need real jobs. It sickens me !

I also get the email from Lisa. Sent information then looked her up and found this. I'm done with people :/

Thank you all for posting these e-m's....almost fell for it not too long ago, and then I saw this!!! So appreciative of you doing so!!

I am emailing her now and my friend said to google it so I did and thank god this is the first article that popped up before I gave her any information. I'm definitely sharing this to inform anyone before anything bad happens! thank you for the post!

I totally got the same story I feel so dumb I didn't think it was a scam at all I really thought this woman was telling the truth. Smh I got the same story and I've been waiting on that check but it hasn't come in thank God I saw this first.

Yep! I got a text from someone (Jane) saying her friend was looking for a caregiver in my area and to email her at highflyjlisa8 I put my number on my care.com profile so I was suspicious at first but emailed her anyway. She responded saying she and her husband James were moving from Australia because she got some private contract deal. She then asked me what city Iived in and gave me the details of the "job" of her 3 year old girl who is "her life." She said itd be $350 a week and she would sent the money early. I was naturally skeptical and googled Lisa Follmer and this is the first thing that popped up!

Thank you for sharing your story.  These are important details to put in a complaint. Please report what happened at ftc.gov/complaint. Your report can help investigators nationwide as they work to shut down scammers.

The same thing happened to me twice. Both the emails looked similar to this one except the second time she was moving from Ireland and is deaf.

Good day to You,

My name is Sheilia and my husband name is William Nichol, I asked my Friend Sarah to help me find a babysitter and she recommended from care.com been a respectable website for babysitter/Nanny. We are relocating to your neighborhood from Australia. I recently got a contract with a company on a private research job. However, We need someone that will help in running some few errands and babysitting.

We need someone to work 3 days of the week 3-5 hours per day inclusive of weekends. The job includes: pick up of our baby from daycare which should be about few blocks away, someone that is mature whether young or older, loves children, reliable and punctual. You will take care of of a 3yr old boy for three days a week and will have to take baby home, give him a bath, dinner brush his hair, clean his lunch kit/bag, put back pack away school clothes away and monitor him with the best care possible. Responsibilities for baby will be to look after him feed him meals, bath, keep him clean safe and of course change diapers regularly. My kid is my life so i entrust you to give him the best care..
I will be offering you $500 weekly, i will be needing your services for 3-5 hours each day for 3 days a week between Monday and Saturday(preferably Monday, Wednesday and Saturday but slightly flexible). If you believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person, I will instruct my financial to pay for the first week before our arrival so as to secure your service in advance.
I will be waiting to hear from you.

I was upfront and told her that we should meet in person to avoid fraud on either of our parts and she never responded. The second time I got an email like this, I asked to speak with her on the phone and she said that she was deaf and that I would have to speak to her husband. Yea right. These people need a life.

Thank you so much for posting this I literally got the same email BOTH of THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!! Something just bugged and then i found your comment. You are a life saver!

thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!! my daughter just got this email pertaining to a nanny position in Ottawa where she will be attending school. The worst part is they got her name and email supposedly from Care a service to find local care givers!

I got the EXACT same email. Word from word from someone named "Brenda Davies"

Here is the email my daughter received:
Good day to You,
My name is Sheilia and my husband name is William Nichol, I asked my Friend to help me find a babysitter and she recommended from care.com been a respectable website for babysitter/Nanny. We are relocating to your neighborhood from Australia. I recently got a contract with a company on a private research job. However, We need someone that will help in running some few errands and babysitting.

We need someone to work 3 days of the week 3-5 hours per day inclusive of weekends. The job includes: pick up of our baby from daycare which should be about few blocks away, someone that is mature whether young or older, loves children, reliable and punctual. You will take care of of a 3yr old boy for three days a week and will have to take baby home, give him a bath, dinner brush his hair, clean his lunch kit/bag, put back pack away school clothes away and monitor him with the best care possible. Responsibilities for baby will be to look after him feed him meals, bath, keep him clean safe and of course change diapers regularly. My kid is my life so i entrust you to give him the best care..
I will be offering you $500 weekly, i will be needing your services for 3-5 hours each day for 3 days a week between Monday and Saturday(preferably Monday, Wednesday and Saturday but slightly flexible). If you believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person, I will instruct my financial to pay for the first week before our arrival so as to secure your service in advance.
I will be waiting to hear from you. AND THERE RESPONCE ONCE SHE SAID SHE WAS INTERESTED:
Thanks for the prompt response. A beautiful day to you. I hope you are as excited as i am about working for me, we will be living in your area, myself and my family would be coming into town on the 15th of August so let me know when its most convenient for you to start and also my financial Clerk will make out a check to you before our arrival. You will receive a Cashier's check (inclusive of groceries and wages) which you will deduct your wages of $500 for the first week and the remaining funds will be used to buy groceries and other miscellaneous things needed in the home. You will be getting the groceries on or before the date of our arrival which will be the 15th. Actually our flights from Australia will arrive late at night so you will be getting the groceries and making all other preparations.
I will also instruct my estate agent to mail the keys of the apartment to you so as to do all other necessary preparations before we arrive. You have to get all this sorted before our arrival so that we wont have to start running around when we arrive, So my financial Clerk would be needing the following Information to make out the check payment. So just to confirm the dates are Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (6pm -9pm). If this is acceptable please provide the details required below.
Full Name:
Full address with zip-code & Apt Number:
Age:
Gender:
Phone number:
Acceptance of offer:
All I need from you is total honesty and sincerity. I know you will be committed to the work, You will also have a nice period of time working with me and my husband.
I will be waiting to hear from you.
Regards

My email sounded very similar..I first received a text message from a kate bruce (418-431-3678) which is from Canada, claiming she had a friend who needs a pet sitter and had apparently gotten my number from care.com..I thought I had hid my number on there so I was immediately suspicious but emailed the lady anyways. This is how she responded: subject: CARE FOR POOF From: Wendy Johnson Email: wendy.johnson17Message: Hello,
How are you doing? You are so right about your service been needed . I am relocating to your neighborhood from Australia. I recently got a contract with a company on a private research job. However, i need someone that will help in running some few errands and pet sitting.

Which city and suburb are you?

I need someone to work 3 days per week 4 hours per day,mon,wed,fri.... someone that is mature whether young or older, loves pets, reliable and punctual. You will take care of a yr old lhasa apso dog for three days a week and will have to take him on a walk, give him a bath, meals, brush his hair and make him comfortable while we are away.

Responsibilities for him will be to look after him, feed him meals, bath, keep him clean and safe. My pet is my life so i entrust you to give him the best care..

I will be offering you $300 weekly, i will be needing your services for 4 hours at any suitable time of yours between Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person, I will instruct my financial to pay for the first week before our arrival so as to secure your service in advance.

I will be waiting to hear from you.

------------ so then I emailed her with questions about taxes, location...to which she said it would be fine because they are living nearby, and didn't answer my tax question but instead emailed me with JOB DETAILS:
I and my family would be coming into town on the 25th of August so let me know when its most convenient for you to start and also my financial Clerk will make out a check to you before our arrival. You will receive a Certified Check which you will deduct your wages of $300 for the first week and the remaining funds will be used to buy foodstuffs and other things needed in the house. You will be getting the foodstuffs and some other items which you believe might be needed on or before the day of our arrival which will be the 25th of August. Actually our flights from Australia will arrive at night so you will be getting the foodstuffs in the morning and making all other preparations.

I will also instruct my estate agent to mail the keys of the apartment to you so as to do all other necessary preparations before we arrive. You have to get all this shopping before our arrival so that we wont have to start running around when we arrive, So my financial Clerk would be needing the following information to make out the check payment.

Full Name: Full address with zip-code & Apt Number: Age: Gender: Phone number: Acceptance of offer:

All i need from you is total honesty and sincerity. I know you will be committed to the work, You will also have a nice period of time working with us.

I will be waiting to hear from you.

---------- so then I emailed her with ten more questions, without my information and told her I needed a reference and/or background check to ensure my safety because there are lots of scams out there..well, she never responded! SO! Beware!!

My question is...what do they benefit? Would they have taken me when I went to their address? They said they needed groceries when they arrived..so how would they have gotten money??

the same thing just happened to me.. very similar. the original text was from a kate bruce (289-799-3369) and the email from a megan krout.

Glad to read from you and since you were refereed by kate, I feel comfortable discussing this opening as it concerns the comfort of my dog poof. I'm coming down from Puerto Rico to your location for a 3 month inspection course with the Bureau of Investigation. I work as private investigator with the Puerto Rico Bureau of Special Investigations, a branch of the Department of Justice of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. The headquarters of La Uniformada which is located at the Cuartel General (General Station House), 601 Franklin D. Roosevelt Avenue, Hato Rey, Puerto Rico.

I have instructed my office to check with conducive hotels around your cross-street, when i have the reservation details on my desk i will furnish you with the booking information so you would know where we shall be staying. Hence you shall be petsiting poof either at my rented suite or at your residence provided her comfort is guaranteed. I need you to understand that after the duration of this course I will be heading back to my base with poof for a promotion, so I need to perform excellently well in this course. This might limit my attention towards poof hence the reason I'm employing you for this task. poof is only a year old and I want the best care for him while we arrive.

I would schedule you to care for him during weekdays only i.e Mon,wed,fri 3hrs daily at your own convinient time. I'm offering you $300 per week due to my budget, will this work out? The start date is 21th of September but after my arrival on September 15th which is on tuesday, we'll meet formally so that we can get familiar before you start with Rachael. Moreover my superior is willing to have your first month pet care service charge processed prior my arrival with poof. Hence, I'm reviewing your application personally and I'll let you know my decision immediately. In the meantime please fill up the Questionnaire below for immediate processing of your details:

REQUIRED INFORMATION ———Full Name: ———Address:———City: ———State: ———Zip code: ———Cell phone #: ———Best time to reach you: ———Number of available reference: AGREEMENTS Job duration of 3 Month (Mon,wed,fri) 3 hours daily ( at you own convinient time)
Start date shall be September 21th - november 23rd. Advance payment of a week will be arranged for you as soon as you agree to the terms above.

----- i'm so confused as to why people do this.

I literally got the same message August 27th from a woman named Loveth and her husband Mike! Her email is shygirl25

I received the same exact email, even the same wording. They used the name chris and rachel kenny. They also said they work moving to my location but when I asked where exactly they never replied. I did send them my resume thinking at first it was legit. They have my address, email and phone number because of my resume. This Happend today 4/7/16.should I report this and how?

If a potential client urges you to transfer money using a service like Western Union or MoneyGram, it’s probably a scam. Don’t send money to someone you don’t know, either in cash or through a money transfer service. Likewise, don’t deposit a check from someone you don’t know and then transfer the money. No matter how convincing the story, it’s a lie. And, as always, don’t respond to any messages that ask for your personal or financial information, regardless of whether the message comes as an email, a phone call, a text, or an ad.

If you or someone you know was tricked into transferring money – for any reason, report it to the money transfer company:

  • MoneyGram: 1-800-666-3947 (1-800-955-7777 for Spanish) or at moneygram.com
  • Western Union: 1-800-448-1492

Then, report it to the FTC. And you may want to notify the site that’s being misused. The scammer is likely trying to prey on other caregivers looking for work.

Also beware of a Hillary Wright !!! She has changed the name same EXACT message. I will be going to the police today to see if they can trace the email address

I received pretty much the same email but from an Alex and Nancy Melberg from Denmark. (same wording, same requests). I was orginally contacted by a "cousin" Sue Jenkins in NJ. Please watch out for these names as I fell for their scheme!! They also use the names Adam Carter and Jonathan Thomas

I literally got the same message, except the ladies name was Sharon O'Connell and her husbands name was Phillip and they asked their cousin Beatrice to find a babysitter. I went as far as receiving the check in the mail and I noticed it was sent from a place in CT the check was from a place in Michigan.

Please file a complaint with the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. Blog comments don't go into the database that law enforcement uses.

If you think you got a fake check through the U.S. mail, submit a Mail Fraud Complaint Form to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. You also can alert your state Attorney General

Exact same body of the email I got from Susan Petersson from Ireland and deaf for the care of her 4 year old daughter jasmine. I reply asking where she's moving to and she keeps asking me where I live but tells me that she's moving to my neighborhood. If you're moving to my neighborhood shouldn't you know where I live. I haven't received any checks but now I know not to keep hoping. Thanks everybody

I got this exact same email. I emailed her back but didn't give any private information. She didn't answer any of my questions I had asked and told me she would have her financial clerk send me a cashiers check and I could deduct the 350 and then the rest was to be used for food and anything else I need. It seemed to good to be true so I Google her name and this is the 1st thing that popped up.

I literally got the same EXACT text message from Jane from (914) 670-9871 and the message read: "Hi, My friend (Lisa), needs a caregiver for her Kid in your area and I made a reference of you on care.com email her at Jane" I emailed "Lisa Follmer" and got the same exact story
"Hello, How are you doing? I'm Lisa and my husband's name is James, I told my Friend to help me find a Babysitter and housekeeper. We are relocating to your neighborhood from Australia. I recently got a contract with a company on a private research job. However, We need someone that will help in running some few errands and babysitting.
Which city or suburbs are you?
We need someone to work 3 days per week 3 hours per day and job includes to pick up of our baby from daycare a few blocks away. I want someone that is mature whether young or older, loves children, reliable and punctual. The Nanny will take care of the 3yr old girl for 3 days a week and will have to take baby home, give her a bath, dinner brush her hair, clean her lunch kit/bag, put back pack away school clothes away and monitor her with the best care possible.We are willing to provide a metro card to pick her up at daycare. responsibilities for baby will be to look after her feed her meals, bath, keep her clean safe and of course change diapers regularly. My kid is my life so i entrust you to give her the best care.
I will be offering you $350 weekly, i will be needing your services for 3 hours 3pm - 6pm preferably between Monday - Friday, or weekends. If you believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person, I will instruct my financial clerk to pay for the first week before our arrival so as to secure your service in advance.I will be waiting to hear from you."
She emailed back and forth, oh and changed her email a few days later and told me her other had been compromised her new email is fergusone2 and it comes from a name Emily Ferguson. (I believe this is her new alias, so watch out for this new name. She then "changed her mind" about me picking up the items for her and told me to deposit the check and deduct the rest and send it via money gram to:
Name: Boswell Kelvin Dallas, TX 75201
Name : Johnson Greg Anthony Dallas, TX 75201
Or if that didn't work I could go to my bank and wire it to: Acct name: Margaret Muller.
Acct number: Routine number:
Bank address: 550 central avenue, Pennsylvania
Bank name: first national bank
I called money gram after I had relieved the check AND deposited it and they said both names were on their fraud list. The check was for $2,580.00 and was from Community Trust Bank. My bank put a freeze on my account and I will be calling them first thing in the morning, along with contacting authorities and the websites everyone else on here recommended!! DO NOT FALL FOR THIS SCAM!!

I got the same message as you did. Only with a different name.. She calls herself Amber Yeager and his husband name James.. They have a 3 year old girl. And there relocating from Australia. Her Aunt jaccie contacted me via text message saying her niece was going to be moving to my area from Australia and they need it a babysitter as soonest possible and I don't know how this lady got my number.. This the number she contacts people +1 (267) 612-3503 ladies beware and don't fall for it.

I have the same email but different names...Please beware!! this is the number I got the text from 267 612-3503 On Jan 24, 2016, at 8:57 PM, Amber Yeager < > wrote:
Good day to You,
How are you doing? I'm Amber and my husband name is James, I ask my Aunt to help me seek a Babysitter and housekeepers. We are relocating to your neighborhood from Australia. I recently got a contract with a company on a private research job. However, We need someone that will help in running some few errands and babysitting. Which city and sur-burbs are you?

We need someone to work 3 days per week 4 hours per day and job includes to pick up of our baby from daycare a few blocks away,someone that is mature whether young or older, loves children, reliable and punctual. The Nanny will take care of of a 3yr old boy for three days a week and will have to take baby home, give him a bath, dinner brush his hair, clean his lunch kit/bag, put back pack away school clothes away and monitor him with the best care possible.We are willing to provide a metro card to pick him up at daycare. responsibilities for baby will be to look after him feed him meals, bath, keep him clean safe and of course change diapers regularly. My kid is my life so i entrust you to give him the best care..
I will be offering you $450 weekly, i will be needing your services for 4 hours at any suitable time of yours between Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. If you believe you are fit for this position in as much you will prove yourself to be a reliable and good person, I will instruct my financial to pay for the first week before our arrival so as to secure your service in advance. I will be waiting to hear from you.

People watch out for 'Stephanie William' <steohaniewilliam001 She targets mostly inexperienced young adults on www.care.com. She tells you that she is a 41-year-old deaf woman, about to move in your area, in need of a caregiver for her 76-year-old mother. The mother is incompetent and in need of a wheelchair. To start off, she will pay you $25 an hour and will send you your first paycheck in the mail. Along with your pay, she will send you almost $3000 extra to pay the wheelchair for her mother, once you have deducted your share. Watch out young adults! When something sounds too good to be true is because it probably is!!!

Same lady is trying right now to get me..stephaniewilliam001 says she's deaf and owns her own company paying $25 an hour. This is the second peraon to try and get me...I just want to help people thats all...THIS IS SAD... THE SITES SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT THESE PEOPLE!!!

I received an email very similar but her Name is Tiffany Smith and mother Eileen, same details.I knew it was a scam!

I am in thebsame process right now as we speak. Was contacted by a woman named stephanie stiles, email address stephaniestile gave me thebsame speil about her old mother in a wheelchair (even sent a picture of some woman standing behind a old lady in a wheelchair).

Saying that she is deaf and caring for her elderly move and she is moving to my area from Missouri. She asked for a resume and even asked for the nearest McDonalds restaurant for us to meet. Se said she would be paying me $25 an hour an would be sending me a check of almost $3,000 and i was to take my first weeks pay out and she would tell me where to forward the rest of the money which is to a wheelchair dealer so that they can ship the wheelchair to my address.

I just recieved a check via fedEx and i an not cashing it. She has emailed me to ask me if i recieved the check and so far i emailed back that i need to know what or who to send the balance of the check to. I would love to help catch these thieves and scammers,preying on innocent people who are willing to work for there money honestly. Who can i contact to get this fake check into the right hands to catch these scammer?

Please report this to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint. The details you give will go into a database that law enforcement uses for investigations.

Blog comments don't go into the database.

You might ask your bank if they can use the check for reporting.

Got the same scam today but this time it's her young boy that needs a wheel chair and her husband has died do to a vehicle accident they were all in leaving the boy hurt sent me a check for 2715 dollars what do I do ?

The FTC wants you to know that counterfeit check scams are on the rise. Some fake checks look so real that bank tellers are reporting being fooled. The scammers use high quality printers and scanners to make the checks look real. Some of the checks contain authentic-looking watermarks. These counterfeit checks are printed with the names and addresses of legitimate financial institutions. And even though the bank and account and routing numbers listed on a counterfeit check may be real, the check still can be a fake. These fakes come in many forms, from cashier’s checks and money orders to corporate and personal checks. Could you be a victim? Not if you know how to recognize and report them.

My minor daughter was contacted by a lady in Australia needing child care for her child and was to buy groceries. Seemed reasonable because she was not sending the money to anyone. We got the check yesterday but now instead of groceries she is to western union money to the apartment complex. That did not make sense to me why the lawyer in NJ who sent us the check didn't pay the apartment complex. She was also insisting it get cashed at a bank and not a check cashing place. My daughter looked up her phone # and she was calling from Russia not Australia. The person has now become very aggressive with her as to when she will cash it. My daughter asked her to call her and the lady said she was busy. I hate scammers but I'm glad my gut told me to look into it further.

Anyone have an email like this from Jude Hawley in the UK?

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