Check overpayment scams are often in response to ads or online auction postings. Sellers are contacted by an alleged buyer, who offers to pay for an item with a cashier's, personal, government or corporate check. At the last minute, the buyer will often present a reason for having to write the check for more than the purchase price, and request the seller to send or wire back the difference to a Post Office box after the check has been deposited.
In most instances, the checks are counterfeit and while the checks may initially clear the bank - the check will eventually bounce, leaving the seller liable for the entire amount.
If you receive a check from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts/Department of Revenue for the purchase of items that are selling either from an advertisement or online auction posting, please immediately contact DOR's Office of Internal Affairs at 617-626-2130.
To date, approximately 100 fraudulent DOR checks have been reported from states all across the country, including: Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont, Virginia, and Wisconsin.
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