I got a check in the mail but not sure why?

Okay well today i got a check from Chase Manhattan Bank from New York in the amount of $2,400.00 USD from a company called TSR Consulting Services Inc i am not aware of this company i also got in the envelope with the check a survey paper saying to go to a bank direct deposit it take the cash and go to western union send $1,800 and after to go shopping at a Target or Walmart and get all the receipts and after words record the service on that paper and fax it with the receipts to the number they provided and keep $300.00 for my self for the travel expenses so im asking you yahoo answers is this check even real and what do they want? please answer thanks and im only 19 i never came across a check in that amount.

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  • rtfm
    Lv 7
    9 years ago
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    It's a SCAM. The check is NOT REAL. Tear it up and throw it away.

  • 9 years ago

    This is a SCAM that can land you in prison if you try to cash that check - read this story and there are hundreds of similar stories every single month

    http://consumerist.com/2009/07/victim-of-mystery-s...

    That check is fake. When it bounces in 3-4 weeks you will owe your bank $2400 + $45 NSF fees plus you will have sent the criminals $1800 of your own money through Western Union -- leaving you out of pocket $4245. Not to mention that your account will be closed and you will be put into CHEX Systems preventing you from opening any new bank or credit card account or taking out any sort of loan for the next 5 years

    Turn that check, the original envelope, and any emails you got from these criminals over to your local police.

    Need more proof - call the REAL TSR consulting and speak to their accounting department

    http://www.tsrconsulting.com/contact.shtml

    Tell them you got a check and they will confirm they did not write you any check and that it's counterfeit. If the check was not sent in a TSR corporate envelope and the letter you got was not on official TSR corporate letterhead then it's not from them. And check their website - they are a high tech consulting company. They would have NOTHING to do with shopping at Target or Walmart, wiring money through Western Union or surveys

  • Lynn
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    It could be a number that charges you 50 dollars a minute or more for being on the phone line. They could ask you personal information they can use to set up credit cards in your name, like birth date, Social Insurance Number, etc. The cheque may go through but you will eventually get a NSF charge and will have to give the money back to the bank. The reason they chose Wells Fargo is for just that reason, so you can't find out that the account doesn't exist. They can use your signature to direct debit your bank account. And btw, I am a secret shopper and the most I EVER got paid for a job was 75 dollars which is rare and because they couldn't get anyone else to do it. (It was for a sperm bank lol)

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    I too just recieved a check of 2,150 and a survey but no instructions on what to do with either! It is also from TSR Consulting Services Inc, so by reading everyone's wonderful answers I am glad to know that I will now not be scammed! lol Thanks guys!

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  • 9 years ago

    You asked this a while ago...the answer remains the same...the check is a scam...when you cash the check it will bounce. You will owe the bank the $2,400.

  • 9 years ago

    100% scam.

    There is no job.

    There is only a scammer trying to steal your hard-earned money.

    The next email will be from another of the scammer's fake names and free email addresses pretending to be the "secretary/assistant/accountant" and will demand you cash a large fake check sent on a stolen UPS/FedEx billing account number and send most of the "money" via Western Union or moneygram back to the scammer posing as the "supply company" while you "keep" a small portion. When your bank realizes the check is fake and it bounces, you get the real life job of paying back the bank for the bounced check fees and all the bank's money you sent to an overseas criminal.

    Western Union and moneygram do not verify anything on the form the sender fills out, not the name, not the street address, not the country, not even the gender of the receiver, it all means absolutely nothing. The clerk will not bother to check ID and will simply hand off your cash to whomever walks in the door with the MTCN# and question/answer. Neither company will tell the sender who picked up the cash, at what store location or even in what country your money walked out the door. Neither company has any kind of refund policy, money sent is money gone forever.

    When you refuse to send him your cash he will send increasingly nasty and rude emails trying to convince you to go through with his scam. The scammer could also create another fake name and email address like "FBI@ gmail.com", "police_person @hotmail.com" or "investigator @yahoo.com" and send emails telling you the job is legit and you must cash the fake check and send your money to the scammer or you will face legal action. Just ignore, delete and block those email addresses. Although, reading a scammer's attempt at impersonating a law enforcement official can be extremely funny.

    Now that you have responded to a scammer, you are on his 'potential sucker' list, he will try again to separate you from your cash. He will send you more emails from his other free email addresses using another of his fake names with all kinds of stories of great jobs, lottery winnings, millions in the bank and desperate, lonely, sexy singles. He will sell your email address to all his scamming buddies who will also send you dozens of fake emails all with the exact same goal, you sending them your cash via Western Union or moneygram.

    You could post up the email address and the emails themselves that the scammer is using, it will help make your post more googlable for other suspicious potential victims to find when looking for information.

    Do you know how to check the header of a received email? If not, you could google for information. Being able to read the header to determine the geographic location an email originated from will help you weed out the most obvious scams and scammers. Then delete and block that scammer. Don't bother to tell him that you know he is a scammer, it isn't worth your effort. He has one job in life, convincing victims to send him their hard-earned cash.

    Whenever suspicious or just plain curious, google everything, website addresses, names used, companies mentioned, phone numbers given, all email addresses, even sentences from the emails as you might be unpleasantly surprised at what you find already posted online. You can also post/ask here and every scam-warner-anti-fraud-busting site you can find before taking a chance and losing money to a scammer.

    6 "Rules to follow" to avoid most fake jobs:

    1) Job asks you to use your personal bank account and/or open a new one.

    2) Job asks you to print/mail/cash a check or money order.

    3) Job asks you to use Western Union or moneygram in any capacity.

    4) Job asks you to accept packages and re-ship them on to anyone.

    5) Job asks you to pay visas, travel fees via Western Union or moneygram.

    6) Job asks you to sign up for a credit reporting or identity verification site.

    Avoiding all jobs that mention any of the above listed 'red flags' and you will miss nearly all fake jobs. Only scammers ask you to do any of the above. No. Exceptions. Ever. For any reason.

    If you google "fake check cashing job", "fraud Western Union scam", "money mule moneygram scam" or something similar you will find hundreds of posts from victims and near-victims of this type of scam.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Total scam. Don't do it.

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