They struggle with age-related issues, but the check in the envelope was so well-done that it could likely fool 99 out of 100 people into thinking it was genuine.
Thankfully, the letter that came with the check gave off such a strong stench of scam that the clients were able to resist taking the bait long enough to call me instead of calling the phone number in the letter (or, worse, depositing the check and spending from it).
This is a really high-quality fraudulent check scam, a tribute to the wonders of digital printing. Glad the scammers' cover letter was so terrible.
But it’s a warning — with a check this good, eventually they will come up with an equally good cover letter.
Remember always, always, always:
Money NEVER calls you on the phone or
Arrives in your Mailbox Out of the Blue