This is what happens when you deposit a fake cheque from a spam email

If you’ve ever actually skimmed through your piles of junk mail, you may have seen fake cheques promising huge returns on investments once or twice. Often, they’re marked with a “non negotiable” or “void” to indicate that you can’t really…

This is what happens when you deposit a fake cheque from a spam email

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If you’ve ever actually skimmed through your piles of junk mail, you may have seen fake cheques promising huge returns on investments once or twice. Often, they’re marked with a “non negotiable” or “void” to indicate that you can’t really cash them. In 1995, a man actually successfully deposited his junk mail, only to have the fake check go through. What happened next was a hilarious back and forth on this legal loophole.

Let’s get into it.

Sources:

[Patrick Combs: The Man Who Cashed in A Fake Check from Junk Mail]
https://www.ft.com/content/93a47a62-daf0-11e1-8074-00144feab49a
https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/other/how-patrick-combs-turned-junk-mail-into-money/vi-AAK1VJb
https://www.nytimes.com/1995/08/20/us/bank-credits-95093-junk-mail-check-to-customer-s-account.html?scp=1&sq=patrick%20combs&st=cse
https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Playing-With-Money-How-a-95-093-35-junk-mail-2588766.php
https://apnews.com/ead61de0e149010e5cea8e827f73d020
https://www.deseret.com/1995/10/5/19196912/bank-isn-t-amused-at-95-000-transaction
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B005XE59MM/
https://www.houstonpress.com/arts/man-1-bank-0-what-happened-when-a-bank-cashed-a-check-for-95k-that-it-shouldnt-have-6372727
https://www.canadianstage.com/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=cash&BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::context_id=
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99j8en6EoUQ

[Hui Leo Gao: The Runaway Millionaire from New Zealand]
http://www.stuff.co.nz/ipad-editors-picks/9506714/Runaway-millionaire-Gao-set-to-be-released?rm=m
https://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1022693/nz-runaway-millionaire-hui-leo-gao-jailed-after-hk-interpol-arrest
https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11072870

[What Happens When A Bank Makes an Error?]
https://www.forbes.com/sites/moneybuilder/2012/05/24/bank-error-in-your-favor/#e8825952a32d
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-19364838
https://www.beamazed.com/curiosity/legal-loopholes-that-are-glitches-in-everyday-life/
https://www.cracked.com/article_18753_the-6-most-creative-abuses-loopholes.html

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