A national campaigned is launched today to protect consumers from fake check scams.
The Consumer Federation of America says, as the economy continues to tumble, phony claims of sudden riches have grown more attractive.
"Millions of consumers are being lured into accepting genuine looking counterfeit checks and money orders. Our aim is to raise public awareness and prevent consumers from losing their money," says Susan Grant, CFA Director.
According to a 2008 survey, there is an average loss of between $3,000-$4,000 per victim.
A Fake Check Task Force was created last year to help raise awareness about the scams and protect consumers.
The new campaign provides a handful of resources- including new information in english and spanish.