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This artist found a fake check, and the fraud made him stop doing small business for a while

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About two weeks ago, the artist John Newman got a hold of his bank account and found a fake check waiting. He spent the following weekend punching away on a screen that displayed a note that said, “THIS IS A FRAUD.”

There’s the dude from Easy A

“What I really have to say in this is that it’s a lesson and I’m just hoping other people see this and they don’t fall for that and I don’t encourage anybody else to do that,” Newman said on the “Today” show Monday morning.

The extra $12,000 was in addition to what he was already owed by a bank. Newman says he declined the check, even as he got a text message from the bank saying it had been cashed. He then called the bank and they told him that the signature had been forged.

How could the fraud have happened? “If we get these type of checks, there’s no way we can chase it down and recover the money,” he said on the “Today” show.

How can you tell if you’re not getting paid? In the “Today” interview, Newman showed a bogus check with a different, blackened signature. He didn’t get hit with the check but still received the text from the bank. Newman doesn’t recommend anyone doing a financial check. He explained that people who have mail at their house get a letter from their bank asking if they have an outstanding debt, like an overdraft fee. If you get a letter asking if you have a unpaid bill, you should pay it.

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