MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A Mobile man contacted FOX10 News to alert us about a fake check he received from an overnight delivery company.
As it turns out he's not alone, because we've learned that people nationwide have become targets for the fake checks.
The delivery company is legitimate and the apparent sender is a national organization. The contents, however, are too good to be true.
"I saw the envelope, I ripped it open. Looked in it and there was a check - $1,050," said Tommy Rider, recipient of the unsolicited check.
That's a lot of money for most people, and the temptation to deposit may be strong.
Those dreams of easy money will soon be brought down to reality.
"I thought it was actually for me because I've been fighting a medical condition since October, and I thought this had something to do with it. But once I started doing investigating, come to find out, it was all fraud," said Rider.
The envelope sender is listed as the National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities.
"They proceeded to tell me that somebody hacked into their Fed Ex account and has been using their president's home as the address," said Rider.
We called the health care company named on the check to find out more.
A spokesperson told us that the problem is nationwide - businesses and private citizens from all over are calling them and asking about a check they received.
Many of the targets have one thing in common: they either posted information on or responded to an online ad.
"I've been trying to sell a couple old cell phones on Craigslist," said Rider.
Rider posted all of his information on that website. Now he's now getting text messages from someone asking about the check.
We called the number and were greeted by a man's voicemail, with him saying what sounds like the name Kevin.
All of the legitimate businesses listed on the fake check have contacted authorities and they are investigating the problem.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation maintains a fraud hotline website. You can find that information here .
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