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Postal Money Order Scams
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Many hams insist upon payment by US Postal Money orders.
Do you know the following:
1) It coud be stolen.
2) It can be a forgery.
Let's start with number 1.
What can you do to protect yourself? In what order should you proceed that will give you the most piece of mind?
Yes, Post Offices are broken into and money orders are stolen. Has a Postal worker ever stolen from the Post Office?
IMPORTANT INFO JUST RECEIVED 6-DECEMBER-2012 FROM R.L. A KIND GENTLEMAN:
Also you can add there is a postal phone number you can call, the money order verification number is 866-459-7822 to verify the
serial number on the money order as being valid. I call the number when I get a money order. If it's valid I ship right then. It has never failed me in 15 years and about 100 money orders. If it has been forged orcounterfeit the serial will not show up on their computer when you are on the phone with them. THANKS A LOT R.L. FOR THAT VERY IMPORTANT HELP.
A) Go to any PO. Ask them look up the number and tell you if it has been reported stolen. If the clerk will not do it then ask to speak with the Postmaster.
B) If it is not on the list then ask to cash it.
C) If they don't have the total amount on hand ask when is a good time to come back. You may also ask them if they can exchange the first money order for another one or two if you are really scared.
Now on to Number 2 Forgery.
A) Look at the ZIP code of issue and compare that with the sender's.
B) Feel the paper and try to smudge the ink.
C) Look at the printing for poor quality.
D) Take the money order to your bank. Ask them to look at it and ask their opinion. Again if the clerk won't help ask to speak with the manager.
E) Tell the sender you will have wait 7 business days to ship. That is not going to go over to well but if you feel good about the sender then you decide to ship or wait.
A personal observation from the writer:
I have delt with people who are to paranoid to send me something to my Wyoming address because the FCC only posts Ham's registered address. Does anybody have a second or vacation home? I do. One ham was so scared that he would not accept any form of payment not even cash. I send gifts to my ham friends some times. Do you. Use common sense. In the end trust your gut feeling.
Next installment when I have time.
PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL ME ABOUT THIS I DO NOT HAVE TIME TO ANSWER OR READ EMAILS ABOUT IT UNTIL MAYBE JANUARY.
IF WE WORK TOGETHER MAYBE WE CAN REGAIN AT LEAST SOME OF THE TRUST I REMEMBER WE HAD AS A BROTHERHOOD WHEN I STARTED IN HAM RADIO 52 YEARS AGO, 1960.
Until then. Be careful and try to be sensible not paranoid.
73, Roger, N7YV
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