#1. Fake checks/wire transfer scams
1. Fake checks/wire transfer scams – The most successful scams in history use fake checks. The BBB received calls every day last year from people who got fake checks for a variety of reasons – for work at home jobs, to pay taxes on ‘winnings’, or to pay ‘collateral’ to get a loan. Regardless of the scam, the fake check always came with the same instructions: deposit the check and wire the money to someone in a foreign country. Within a few days, the check was returned as counterfeit and the money sent via wire transfer was gone.