Check from a scammer bounces victim into jail
Wednesday, August 30, 2006
San Francisco resident Matthew Shinnick tried to sell a pair of mountain bikes on Craigslist late last year. He attracted a buyer, received a check in the mail -- and ended up handcuffed by police in a downtown Bank of America branch and jailed for almost 12 hours.
First, follow the link above and read the story. Then, answer me one question: How do you verify that a check is good other than going into the bank and asking? Calling the person or company on the check does you no good if someone printed bogus checks with a stolen account number on it. I was passed a bad check a couple of years ago, and Mel deposited it into her back account. I shudder to think what would have happened if BofA had pressed charges against Mel for depositing that check for me!