Online scam artists are getting more creative, it seems. There are a number of online scams going around that you should be aware of this spring.
One scam that has been active recently involves online postings that offer someone a job. That job is to receive a check, deposit it and very quickly wire some of the money to a specific, anonymous and untraceable bank account. The scam is that the check is fraudulent and cannot be deposited, but often victims do not realize this until they have already wired money to the scam artist.
Remember: If a job or a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is — don't take it.
In addition, the Federal Bureau of Investigations has provided this list of questions to ask yourself. If you can answer 'yes' to one or more of these questions, you could be a victim of fraud or a scam:
If you answered 'yes' to any of those questions, beware that you may be a victim.
Be sure to keep all documents, statements and communications related to your situation in case the scammer is caught, as a judge may need that information for any restitution.
To report a scam or fraudulent activity, contact your local law enforcement officials and visit this U.S. Department of the Treasury Financial Crimes website at www.fincen.gov/help4victims.html.