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Updated on February 14, 2013

I have ran across a few things that makes me want to slap someone through the desktop. I really am tired of the foreign emails saying that I can get this money.

I fell for one scam; I received a check in the mail and deposited it into my checking account. The bank cleared it after a week or so. I bought things and like 3 weeks later I received an overdraft notice and fee.

I went to the bank and they looked into it on the computer as I waited. She showed me a scanned picture of the check and it had a stamp saying "do not cash, lost or stolen".

Of course I disputed it and she was able to close the account. I never heard anything else about it.

Later on down the line I received money orders in the mail and I took them to another bank I was a customer at and they just looked at them and immediately said they were counterfeit.

My daughter just received a check for a bit over $3,000 a few weeks ago. She was to wire 10% of the sum through Western Union. My daughter wanted to check it out so she went to my bank and since she has no account, used the check to open one. The teller advised for her to let him fax a copy to whomever to get it checked. Two days later, my daughter received a phone call from the bank stating that it was fake.

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      Lgali 9 years ago

      thanks for sharing nice links

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      issues veritas 9 years ago

      I guess if you don't know why you or who you are getting a check from, then you really shouldn't have any real expectations of getting money from it.

      "Official Check" is a meaningless phrase.

      National City has no address

      BTW, the numbers at the bottom of the check are Magnetic Ink Character Recognition that tells the cashing bank all the information that it needs to get their money. Anyone can print MICR on their own checks.

      MICR Line: This is the encoded area at the bottom of your check which includes the check number, bank routing number, and account number. It is printed using special inks which can be read by encoding machines used by banks.

      Check Number: This sequential number is printed in the upper right of your check and is encoded in your check's MICR line. It is used by the account owner to keep track of the checks that are written and is used by the bank to report checks as they clear the account.

      Routing Number: The routing number is part of the MICR line on your check. It is a 9 digit number that identifies your bank, and always starts with 0, 1, 2 or 3.

      Account Number: Also part of your check's MICR line, the account number identifies the account from which money is drawn.

      Pay To The Order Of: This line indicates to whom the check is made payable.

      Fraction: The fractional number on your check is used to identify your bank.