11. How much could I lose in a fake check scam?

According to the National Consumers League, victims lose an average of $3,000 to $4,000 – a significant amount for most people. But your losses could be even higher. If you used some of the money, you’ll have to pay that amount back to your bank or credit union. There may also be bounced check and overdraft charges as a result of the scam. And you could lose more than money – your account could be closed, you might have trouble opening a new account at another bank or credit union, and you could even be charged with fraud if law enforcement authorities think you knew that the check or money order was counterfeit.

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