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Updated: Beware of Fake Check Scams

FINRA has received a number of calls from individuals who have received unexpected checks that purport to be issued by FINRA. The checks are counterfeit, and may arrive by special delivery and require a recipient’s signature. The arrival of these checks may be linked to job search scams, though callers note that there is no direct reference to a job search relationship accompanying the mailing—just a check. We are updating and reissuing this alert to reiterate the risks to cashing unexpected checks and offer tips to avoid being a check scam victim.

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