How to spot check scams

CHICAGO (WLS) -- Bounced checks could break the bank.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, check scams are on the rise.

The average American loses about $2,000 to these check scams. It's in the top 10 for all scams, according to the FTC.

So what is a check scam? It's when someone sends you a check that looks real but is fraudulent. You deposit the check and that scammer asks you to send a certain amount of money back.

At first, the check clears and everything seems fine, but then the check bounces and you are on the hook.
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