Tiny Checks, Big Scam

Banks are sharing their member lists — and account information — with unscrupulous third party marketers like the Trilegiant corporation.

They’re sending out small checks to banking customers, that if cashed, enroll you in a “membership club.” The only benefits of joining are the pleasure of Trillegiant drawing thirty bucks from your banking account every month. You’ll only find that out, though, if you read the very fine print, or happen to catch the suspicious transactions.

Don’t cash these checks. If you forget to cancel within 30 days, a six pack and Dorritos is not worth the hassle of getting a refund or stopping payment.

Don’t cash that check! It’s a scam” [MSNBC] (Thanks to Ca Choppers!)

Want more consumer news? Visit our parent organization, Consumer Reports, for the latest on scams, recalls, and other consumer issues.