Money Monday: 6 Financial Scams to Watch Out For

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  • Financial Scams
  • Top Over-Payment/ Fake Check Scam: Car Ads
  • Top Emergency Scam: Grandparents Scam
  • Top Employment Scam: Mystery Shopping
  • Top Advance Fee/ Prepayment Scam: Nonexistent Loans
  • Top Sweepstakes/Lottery Scam: Jamaican Phone Lottery
  • Top Sales/Rental Scams: Real Stars Fake Goods
  • Don't Get Hooked

Top Over-Payment/ Fake Check Scam: Car Ads

The online ad says something like “Get Paid Just for Driving Around” a prominent company is offering $400+ per week if you’ll drive around with their logo all over your car. They send a check to you, which you are supposed to deposit in your account and then wire part of the payment to the graphic designer who will customize the ad for your vehicle. Whoops! A week later, the check bounces, the graphic designer is nowhere to be found, and you are out the money you wired. (Photo: Khuong Hoang/Getty Images)

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