Ten tips to avoid check scams

Don't get fooled! If you can answer "YES" to any of the following questions, you could be involved in a fraud or scam.

DO NOT spend any of the money if you have already deposited a suspicious check. If the check is returned, the full amount WILL be withdrawn from your account.

  • Is the check from an item you sold on the Internet, such as a car, boat, jewelry, etc.?
  • Is the amount of the check more than the item's selling price?
  • Did you receive the check via an overnight delivery service?
  • Is the check connected to communicating with someone by email?
  • Is the check drawn on a business or individual account that is different from the person buying your item or product?
  • Have you been informed that you were the winner of a lottery, such as Canadian, Australian, El Gordo, or El Mundo, that you did not enter?
  • Have you been instructed to either "wire", "send" or "ship" money, as soon as possible, to a large U.S. city or to another country, such as Canada, England, or Nigeria?
  • Have you been asked to pay money to receive a deposit from another country such as Canada, England, or Nigeria?
  • Are you receiving pay or a commission for facilitating money transfers through your account?
  • Did you respond to an email requesting you to confirm, update, or provide your account information?

If you are at a branch with a check that you are unsure about, talk to a teller. Or call us at 1-800-258-3115 for advice and assistance.