bogus check

bogus check

A written order to a bank for a certain amount of funds that has been dishonored, either because such funds are not available or because the given checking account does not exist. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. A lot of bogus checks have been circulating in the area lately, claiming to be from the local university; in reality, they are scams trying to swindle people out of money.
See also: bogus, check
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An officer spotted Justin Harrel of Elk City in a local park last Friday and discovered that he had outstanding warrants out of two counties for obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check, according to court documents.
The sources told that, an unknown criminal snatched precious land from an innocent citizen of Rawalpindi by handing over bogus check of Rs 2.
The saddest chapter of all tells how Tommy Warren, once back in Tulsa, sank deeper and deeper into debt and finally committed suicide in a hotel room in 1968 after being charged with buying merchandise with a bogus check.
The con artist knows that a bogus check does not have to be a perfect replica to be accepted by a cashier.
Using a counterfeit or stolen credit card, the group either makes an advance payment on the card or overpays an existing balance using a bogus check.
A counterfeiting operation requires only a laser scanner to capture the image of an original check, a personal computer to make changes, and a quality laser printer to produce the bogus check.
8 when Wood received a phone call from a woman in New York who reported that she received a bogus check.
They then ask the victim to return the excess amount, knowing they have a limited window before the bogus check bounces.