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Since mid-June 2008, the Alzheimer's Association has periodically received reports of people receiving checks in varying amounts that look like they are from the Alzheimer's Association and a national bank. The checks include the Alzheimer's Association national office address and the Contact Center/Helpline phone number.

  • These checks are fraudulent, and people should not attempt to cash or deposit them.
  • The Alzheimer's Association and its chapters are not involved in this scheme in any way.

Why someone may have received a check / How did you get my name?

  • The Alzheimer's Association is not involved in this fraudulent scheme in any way. Names and addresses were obtained by those working this scheme using deception and dishonesty.
  • We have learned that the people receiving the checks may have gone online to Web sites that offer financial assistance, such as “earn extra money,” “work at home” or secret shopper sites. Their information was captured and used in this scheme.

Law enforcement / What is the Alzheimer's Association doing about this?

The Alzheimer's Association has contacted law enforcement regarding this fraudulent matter.

Check scams / How do these scams work?

A check scam such as this one typically works like this:

  • When someone cashes the check, they are instructed to keep a portion of money and wire the remaining balance to another account.
  • Once the money is wired, it is untraceable. It is picked up by someone using a fake identification.
  • Once the bank where the check was cashed determines the transaction to be fraudulent, the person who cashed the check is responsible for reimbursing the bank.

Web resources

Fake check scams

Secret shopper scams

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