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.