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Check Fraud Warning
Yeshiva University is alerting the public about fraudulent checks recently issued in the University’s name by criminals as part of a money-making scam.
Several individuals and institutions have recently reported receiving fraudulent checks, appearing to have been issued by Yeshiva University. Financial institutions and the public should be aware that these fraudulent checks have been issued in a check overpayment scam. This scam targets consumers selling cars or other valuable items through online sites such as Facebook and Craigslist. The scammer replies to the posting, offers to pay for the item with a check, and comes up with a reason for sending a check for more than the purchase price. The scammer asks the seller to send back the difference via Western Union after depositing the check. The seller does it, and later, when the scammer’s fraudulent check bounces, the seller is left liable for the entire amount.
Please be suspicious if you have received a check under the name of Yeshiva University exceeding the amount of the purchase price. Anyone who has received such a check should contact Yeshiva University’s Director of Internal Audit, Amanda Grace, CPA at (212) 960-5456.