Fraudulent Check Cashing Scam

Checks that accompany these scams may appear to be from legitimate banking institutions and often range from $1,000 to $5,000.  If you receive such a check, DO NOT CASH IT!  Legitimate companies that utilize mystery shoppers do not send out such checks for that type of work.  An Astoria man recently reported receiving such a check, and investigation quickly determined that this was a scam operation operating out of Quebec, Canada.   This particular scam was using the business name of MERRITS RESEARCH, Inc.  There are many others as well.  Use good common sense and don't become a victim of such scams. 


For further information, you may visit:

Consumer Watch –

Better Business Bureau – BBB

OCC – Washington, DC