Since September 15, 1996, National Check Fraud Center has received an average of three counterfeit check cases per week that were received by victims who attempted to sell their computers, memory chips, and other equipment to buyer who responded to their individual posting to news groups ON THE INTERNET.
Each ITEM was shipped by a common carrier, COD, SECURED PAYMENT, and INSURED. Don't think that sending your items COD-Insured, with SECURED PAYMENT, will protect your interest or protect you if you receive a bad check. You better read the fine print. We even encourage you to have the contract reviewed by your attorney.
In all the cases received since September 15,1996, only one occasion did the carrier get a DRIVER LICENSE or ID of the person receiving the property being sold. According to one carrier, it is a standard practice to obtain and verify a driver license of the person presenting a cashier check or money order as payment. However, our investigation reveals that this major carrier doesn't follow its own guidelines.
If you are going to sell any item through the Internet, before you actually send the item by use of a common carrier, such as UPS and FEDEX, contact this office regarding the possibility that the person you are selling the item to may be part of an ORGANIZED CRIME GROUP who are passing COUNTERFEIT CASHIER CHECKS.
Always make sure you verify the buyer address, phone number, driver license, and most importantly, get an advance copy of the cashier check being used.
The INTERNET is being hit hard by COUNTERFEITERS. Each day you may find on the INTERNET someone making you aware of his losses by a COUNTERFEITER. Many of the cases reported to us involves the same person.
According to the majority of State criminal code of laws and to Federal criminal code of law, it will be necessary for the COMMON CARRIER driver or representative to be able to identify the suspect. A recognized and accepted practice in a criminal court of law, is for the COMMON CARRIER to acknowledge the following upon the acceptance of a check or money order.
When a Driver License is used, the Agent must look at the picture and verify that it is the same as the person presenting the check. At this point, the Agent records the Driver License on the check with the person's date of birth and brief description of the person. If the presenter's address is not on the check, the agent should record that data from the DRIVER LICENSE or ID. Should the Agent follow the above guidelines, the agent has established PRIMA FACIA EVIDENCE to be used in a court of law.
THE CARRIER MUST BE ABLE TO STATE IN A COURT OF LAW THAT THE PERSON WHO PRESENTED THE CHECK IS THE SAME AS PICTURED ON THE DRIVER LICENSE.
This means that they must personally look at the driver license and copy the number down on the check document.
Most ideally, is the use of a thumb print. WHAT A DETERRENT! You now see many banks and other organizations using a inkless thumb print at the point of acceptance.
Please review the list above, and should you have any information regarding the above named COUNTERFEIT SUSPECTS, contact your nearest FBI or SECRET SERVICE office. And of course take the time and contact this office.
In one case, the Victims were instructed to send the items being purchased to a Address which turns out to be a FEDEX center. Items were shipped on a Friday with a pickup date being the next day, Saturday. You guessed it. The banks are closed.
Carriers are not maintaining the highest form of security control of the items being shipped. The above cases averages $10,260.00 . Even though the carriers know of the counterfeit cashier check scams, the carriers are not accepting any responsibility of the bad check and are not doing any preventive safe guard to combat the problems.
If you have been a victim already to a forgery or to a counterfeit check, and should you have any questions regarding this announcement, contact our office either by phone,fax,or send uia a email inquiry.