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Money Mule Scams
Scammers: Send you a check. Tell you to send some of the money to someone else.
If someone sends you money and asks you to send it to someone else, STOP. You could be what some people call a money mule - someone scammers use to transfer and launder stolen money.
Scammers often ask you to buy gift cards or wire money. They might recruit you through online job ads, prize offers, or dating websites.
When you later find out the check was bad, you could be stuck covering the entire amount of the check, including what you sent. And that might overdraw your account.
HOW TO AVOID A MONEY MULE SCAM:
WHAT TO DO if you spot this scam:
Criminals are good at conning people into helping them move money.
Don't do it. You could lose money and get in trouble with the law.
Learn more at ftc.gov/scamalerts and aba.com/consumers.
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