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.
Arnson described a surge in other scams hitting across America which include letters and fake Farmers checks to consumers telling them that they are in the UK & NORTH AMERICA CONSUMER PROMOTIONS DRAW-cash the check and send a portion of it to the address listed; or others receive a notice saying here is a check for you to become a MYSTERY SHOPPER in our Consumer Service Evaluator research project-cash the check and send a large portion to get you started; or many receive a bogus check and notice telling them that they have won the Mega Million Sweepstakes.
The sources told that, an unknown criminal snatched precious land from an innocent citizen of Rawalpindi by handing over bogus check of Rs 2.
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.
Included in each letter is a bogus check for $4,500 to trick consumers into believing that they will be more than reimbursed for the fee.
We contacted the sheriff's station and they had a deputy out at the Wal-Mart investigating a bogus check and (Peterson) put two and two together,'' Hahn said.
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.
They then ask the victim to return the excess amount, knowing they have a limited window before the bogus check bounces.
In another common scenario, the scam artist sends a bogus check for an amount greater than the purchase price.
Wednesday of fraud charges involving a bogus check for more than $90,000 that was deposited in a bank while he was putting on a show as part of Roswell's 1997 ``UFO Encounter.
The Kimeses are under arrest in New York on suspicion of federal fraud because police say they used a bogus check to buy that car.
The couple would provide a bogus check to pay the customer's current bill, and provided a receipt, deputies said.
Elizabeth Broderick, convicted of running a bogus check scheme based on the anti-government principles of the Freemen group, was granted a delay in sentencing by a federal judge Monday.
government and her own disciples with a bogus check scheme based on teachings of the anti-government Freemen group.
A Freemen disciple who allegedly masterminded a bogus check scam that netted her and her followers $1.