What is a fake check scam?
What are the warning signs?
What are the most common types of fake check scams?
How do I know if itís true that Iíve been selected for a cash grant?
How can I tell if itís a legitimate mystery shopper opportunity?
How can I tell if a check or money order is counterfeit?
How do the scammers find victims?
If I can get the cash, doesn't that mean the check or money order is good?
Why canít my bank, credit union, or check cashing service tell if the check or money order is good?
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4. How do I know if it's true that I've been selected for a cash grant?
If you were notified that you've been chosen to receive a cash grant even though you never applied for it, it's a scam.
Grants are usually made to organizations and agencies, not to individuals.
Grants require applications and are awarded for specific purposes.
No legitimate grant giver would ever send a check or money order for part of the money and ask you for payment to get the rest.
For information about real grants available from private and public sources go to
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