Man looses hundreds after online check scam


TONIGHT IF YOU ARE SELLING ANYTHING ONLINE. EVEN IF YOUR BANK ACCEPTS THE CHECK, DON’T SPEND THE MONEY RIGHT AWAY. AS 6 ON YOUR SIDE’S MIKE MCKNIGHT SHOWS US — IT’S AN EXPENSIVE REALITY FOR AN OMAHA MAN. WHEN MIKE DAVIDSON PUT SKYLANDER GAME UP FOR SALE ONLINE, POTENTIAL BUYERS DIDN’T PLAY AROUND. MIKE DAVIDSON/GAME SELLER SAID, “I HAD PEOPLE BIDDING IN A BIDDING WAR FOR THIS.” HE ACCEPTED A $600 OFFER AND THE CHECK SHIPPED OVERNIGHT DROPPED ON HIS DOORSTEP. MIKE DAVIDSON/GAME SELLER SAID, “IT LOOKS PROFESSIONAL, EVEN THE BANK DIDN’T SEE ANYTHING WRONG WITH IT SO THEY CASHED IT FOR ME.” $1,850 — WELL OVER THE NEGOTIATED PRICE. MIKE DAVIDSON/GAME SELLER SAID, “19 EMAILS” BUT MIKE BOUGHT THE BUYER’S EXCUSE OF A MISCALCULATION AND WIRED THE DIFFERENCE. MIKE DAVIDSON/GAME SELLER SAID, “SHOULD HAVE BEEN A RED FLAG.” DAYS LATER THE CHECK CAME BACK BOGUS AND FIRST NATIONAL FROZE MIKE’S PARENTS’ ACCOUNT AND DEMANDS REPAYMENT. MIKE DAVIDSON/GAME SELLER SAID, “THEY SHOULD BE FIGHTING THE BANK THAT ISSUED THE CHECK AND NOT GOING AFTER THE CUSTOMER THAT WAS SCAMMED.” FIRST NATIONAL SAYS IT’S FOLLOWING ACCEPTED BANKING POLICY. THE PAST CHAIRMAN OF THE STATE BANKERS ASSOCIATION SAY TELLERS HAVE TO DEPOSIT CHECKS IN ACCOUNTS BUT CUSTOMERS SHOULDN’T RUSH TO SPEND. MIKE PATE/STATE BANKERS ASSOCIATION SAID, “PEOPLE THINK THAT AUTOMATICALLY WHEN THEY GET THE MONEY THE CHECK IS GOING TO CLEAR AND THEY’RE NOT GOING TO HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT IT. IT STILL HAS TO GO THROUGH THE CLEARING SYSTEM AND CLEAR THE BANK ITS PRESENTED ON AND THAT BANK CAN REFUSE IT FOR A LOT OF DIFFERENT REASONS.” A VETERAN TELLER HAS A WARNING ANYONE WHO GETS AN OUT OF STATE CHECK FROM SOMEONE THEY DON’T KNOW. GINA VIPOND/TELLER SUPERVISOR SAID, “BE PATIENT, BE PATIENT, A PHONE CALL DOESN’T GUARANTEE FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE.” “MIKE PUT HIS GAME BACK ON THE SALES APP BUT HE KNOWS NOW NOT TO ACCEPT A CHECK FOR MORE THAN THE NEGOTIATED AMOUNT.” MIKE DAVIDSON IS SELLING HIS COLLECTORS GAME AGAIN BUT HE’S LEARNED AN EXPENSIVE LESSON THAT ONLINE SCAM ARTISTS HAVE NO CHARACTER WHEN CRUISING FOR VICTIMS. MIKE MCKNIGHT WOWT6 NEWS SO HERE ARE THINGS TO THINK ABOUT TO HELP YOU AVOID LOSING MONEY. IF YOU HAVE RECEIVED A CHECK FOR CONSIDERABLY MORE THAN THE AMOUNT AND WANTS YOU TO WIRE BACK THE DIFFERENCE THEN IT’S LIKELY A SCAM. BE LEERY IF THE CHECK IS FROM A BUSINESS OR NON PROFIT NOT THE INDIVIDUAL YOU’VE BEEN DEALING WITH . AGAIN GIVE ANY CHECK FROM SOMEONE YOU DON’T KNOW PLENTY OF TIME TO CLEAR BECAUSE IF IT BOUNCES YOU ARE ON THE HOOK FOR THE

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