Check Scam Notice


Fake checks purported to be issued by ATCOG are currently being circulated. The checks are counterfeit, may arrive by special delivery and require a signature. The arrival of these checks seem to be linked to job search scams, but may also appear out of the blue.
In many instances, these fake checks will feature the name of a real company—although often not the company that purportedly hired you, which should be your first red flag. They also might use real account and routing numbers. In the most common version of this scam, the sender instructs you to deposit the check into your bank account and then almost immediately transfer a portion of the money to someone else. That’s your second red flag. Days later, your bank informs you that the check was counterfeit and that you are liable for the amount withdrawn, usually several thousand dollars. You’ve been scammed—and there is usually no way to recover the money you sent to a third party.
We are aware that fraudsters behind some of these scams have created fake ATCOG checks. Because it can be very difficult to tell a real check from a counterfeit one, we are urging clients to be cautious if someone they don’t know asks them to cash a check and then transfer the money. If you receive a check from ATCOG, do not cash it—unless you have a current business relationship with us. Please contact us immediately if you receive one of these checks at 903-832-8636.