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In our experience, the solutions offered in this section have proven to be effective; however, we always recommend that you consult with an attorney.

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You have received checks or money orders and still have them in hand

You are going to be alright! 

You are not going to be arrested.

No one is coming after you for anything.

You have not opened the envelope

You have opened the envelope

Cease all correspondence with the scammers.  Do not open or answers their emails.  If you have caller ID, do not answer their calls.  If you do answer the phone, hang up as soon as you realize who is calling you.  If they persist, blow a whistle into the telephone.  If you are being threatened, please go here: http://www.fraudaid.com/threats.htm

If you have been corresponding with the scammers by email and/or have gone to a web site they told you is theirs, you are at high risk of Identity Theft even if you have bad credit.  Go here: www.fraudaid.com/id_theft.htm.

File a Scam Email Report with our Law Enforcement Support Division.  You will find step-by-step graphic instructions for your email service here: www.fraudaid.com/find_headers.htm.

MONEY ORDER WARNING! Counterfeiters are now inventing the names of money order companies.  DO NOT CASH any money order and DO NOT DEPOSIT any money order you receive from someone you do not know  or someone you met online without ordering your bank to send it for collection.

DO NOT WITHDRAW ANY FUNDS FROM YOUR ACCOUNT to spend or to send to anyone without asking your bank if they have been paid.  Even with a hold, your account is credited before your bank has been paid.   If the draft you deposited comes back because it was stolen, forged, or is a counterfeit you will owe your bank all the money plus return charges.  www.fraudaid.com/check_liability.htm

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If you have not opened the envelope:

R Please click HERE for instructions.


Western Union and MoneyGram were designed to send money to friends and family, not to send money to strangers.



If you have opened the envelope:

1. File a report with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC):


Scan the drafts front and back and attach to the email.

Scan any letter you received by surface post, front and back, and attach to the email.

Pull up the scammer's email containing instructions for the draft and copy it into the body of the email.

Above the copy of the scammer's instruction email:

Counterfeit draft received

You can contact me at:

Jane Doe

123 Main Street

Anytown, State, Zip

(555) 123-4567

Subject line: Counterfeit draft received.

Send the email to:alert@fdic.gov.


Copy the drafts front and back and attach to the email.

Copy any letter you received by surface post, front and back, and attach to the email.

Copy the scammer's email containing instructions for the draft.

On a separate piece of paper:

Counterfeit draft received.


You can contact me at:

Jane Doe

123 Main Street

Anytown, State, Zip

(555) 123-4567

Send to:


Special Activities Section

550 17th Street, N.W.

Room F-4040

Washington, D.C. 20429

2. Print VOID across the face of each draft.

3. Place the drafts and any enclosures back in the envelope or package.

4. On the back of the envelope (outer envelope if double) or on the side of the package print COUNTERFEIT DRAFT, ATTN: FRAUD DEPARTMENT.

5. Take the envelope or package to any Post Office or delivery service office and obtain a receipt.

If your Postal Service or the delivery service refuses to accept the envelope or package, you can take the fraudulent materials to your local law enforcement office.  Get a receipt for whatever you give them.

6. File a report with the FBI online (not at the local Field Office): http://www.ic3.gov/complaint/default.aspx

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