Recently a loved-one received a check in the mail. This check was not expected and so it automatically was suspected to be some sort of fraud.
A few days later another similar check, in a similar "PRIORITY MAIL" envelope, arrived.
The person who received these envelopes and checks did contact the bank they were made out too/from/of and the bank confirmed they were fraudulent.
Nothing would be thought of these packages and contents normally. We all get junk mail which sometimes contains pseudo "checks". But, usually those fake checks are not only obviously fake but part of some direct-advertisement gimmick. The 2 checks shown in this article did not accompany any form of advertisements -the "Priority Mail" envelopes only contained the "checks". So, obviously they were not mailed as part of some junk-mail advertisement. Instead they were obviously sent as part of some scheme.
Our concern is how many of these fraudulent checks were mailed out and how many unsuspecting and desperate, or greedy, people (if any) tried to cash them?! Of course the people that tried to cash them would suffer any consequences that trying to deposit or cash a fraudulent check would bring. And they would be held accountable by the bank, or "Law Enforcement", because they tried to cash or deposit a check they would have no legitimate explanation for even expecting in the mail.
Yet, none of that removes the evil connected to the initial act of sending out such fake checks.
Those of you familiar with this website know that I could care-or-less about the System itself -the Banking, or State ("Law Enforcement") branches of it. But individuals who may not know better, such as some elderly lady living on a poverty-level income, could easily fall into temptation to attempt to cash or deposit such a check. The official looking check is one thing, but the UNITED STATES POSTAL SERVICE Priority Mail envelope with words:
....and actual tracking labels with Bar Codes on them could lend someone to think the envelope and check were legitimate.
Human Nature being what it is, a recipient seeing the U.S.P.S. "Priority Mail" envelope that says "Tracked" and "Insured" along with an official-looking mailing label with a bar code on it, someone could just assume they were receiving a check from something that they actually were already waiting on!
No doubt these checks were not part of some elaborate practical joke. There was way too much effort put into the appearance of the checks and the envelopes for it all to be just a silly prank.
I took photos of the checks and envelopes -and redacted (using the Paint program) the name and address of the addressee.
I am posting this and the photos because I am a believer in sharing information about, and the exposing of , criminally deceptive behavior.
I do encourage any of you that have received these types of mailings (or know anyone that has) to either take photos of what was received and post them on your own websites and blogs, or make videos of them and post them on YouTube or TruTube .
Below is the first of the two Priority Mail envelopes, containing the first of the 2 fake checks, received. The date mailed, according to the date on the envelope's shipping label, is January 2, 2014. The return address lists a different name of a person than the name the check is made out by and the street address is a Saint Louis, Missouri one.
Below is the first of the two fake checks received. Date on the check is January 1, 2014. Amount is $2,380.99 The name of the "person" the check was supposedly issued by is "Susan Simonin"
Below is the SECOND ENVELOPE and SECOND CHECK received a few days later. This time the envelope was larger (legal paper size). The date of mailing listed on the label is January 9, 2014 (first one was the Jan. 2). The return address was different and the name of the "person" issuing the check was different -the name being "Tia Phelps". The date on the second check is the 5th of January (the first was the 2nd) The amount was the same ($2,380.99).
Obviously the street addresses and names on the return addresses and the names of the "issuers" that appear on the checks are fake. Below are the 2 different return addresses used.
(Above was on the first envelope and below was on the second)