I'm a Canadian. I had to pay an Amercian $1000.00 US. A check for approx $1300.00 CAD (the additional $300.00 covered the currency exchange) from our Canadian bank was sent to the American. When over $1700.00 was withdrawn from our account, we discovered that the American had written "US Funds. Not Canadian." on the check before she cashed it, essentially stealing over $400.00. [more inside]
I am selling a sofa on Craigslist. Someone claiming to be military has contacted me via email and wants to buy it but they are on assignment. This is where it gets weird and a little scammy and I am not sure what to do. [more inside]
I really like these from Boden, but the colors this year are not so great. Who else sells well-made, tailored, plaid/check wool blazers for women? [more inside]
I am currently undergoing a fairly extensive background check in order to work at a financial institution. It's been Kafkaesque. The background check company found some major inconsistencies in my reported employment dates, but the thing is -- I know (and can prove) that it's my former employers who have the dates wrong. The company doing the background check has refused to accept my documentation (W2s, contact info for supervisors who can confirm the dates, etc.). Should I pro-actively contact my potential employer to explain, or wait for them to contact me? [more inside]
The CEO of a small business that is one of my clients insists on "signing all the checks" – he likes to keep an eye on everything that is being purchased and all money that is being spent. The accounting department would like to help modernize the process, and he's on board with signing them online, using a touch screen device. (He wants to use his iPhone, he does have an iPad, too.) [more inside]
I have a check in Australian dollars that I need to deposit here in NYC. Citibank says it will take 4 to 6 weeks to process and they also have a $30 fee. Is there a better option?
Quite a few years ago, I recall ordering a sort-of "background check" online, only it didn't just have the usual criminal background, legal stuff, etc.--it also had details about the way the person looked, their interactions with their family, personality tendencies and such. It was a little spooky, actually, all the personal details it included. [more inside]
What are some first steps that should be taken when a settlement check written to a client (resident in NYC) by an NYC law firm bounces? Aside from this Better Business Bureau page about filing complaints against lawyers, is there any oversight mechanism, or regulatory body, or state or city office that can help to resolve this? [more inside]
My husband and I are disagreeing about check writing and cashing etiquette. [more inside]
My father has just sent me this specific text - "I'd like to do some income tax avoidance, completely above the board, by having you sign over a check to me from my year end family trust account funds. I've had my brother's son **** do this is the past, no big deal just a matter of having someone in the family sign a check made out to them over to me." [more inside]
When should a restaurant bill be split evenly between all parties? [more inside]
I have a checking account at PNC Bank. I want to be able to deposit Canadian checks (in Canadian dollars) and they make it a really huge hassle: phone calls, forms, exorbitant fees and then a six week hold on the funds. Are there any US banks that will allow me to open a free checking account and deposit Canadian checks with a minimum of fuss, fees, and delay? I'm entirely willing to look to online options if that makes sense. I'm in Pennsylvania.
I have been offered a job in the city I'm moving to -- only the recruiting company that the company offering me the position uses for hiring processes not only wants me to submit to the regular drug screen and background check -- but also to a credit check. According to my state's law, this may be illegal. I have hospital bills spanning from a surgery I had to get a few years ago after I lost my job/ insurance. Can I spin this in my favor at all or am I screwed? [more inside]
Asking for a friend, this is regarding CA traffic law: From what she has said, the due date of the fine/court appearance is coming up in two days and seeing as her car is still in the shop, what options does she have? Plead not guilty in hopes of buying some time, and showing up with proof of correction? She's not sure if her car will be fixed and properly smogged in time on or before the due date. [more inside]
A few months ago, my car's check engine light came on. They fixed it, it came back on again, they fixed it again, and now it's back on. I'm looking for possible explanations so I'm more prepared when I take it back yet again. [more inside]
If you mutually agree to raincheck who should ask who to do something next time? [more inside]
My generous, trusting mother was conned out of tens of thousands of dollars (gradually) by a good-for-nothing young cousin over the course of a few years. When my mother ran into financial trouble last year, she sought repayment of these "loans." The cousin insisted that she didn't have to pay back a cent and promptly disappeared. She reappeared last week with a very large check, written directly to my mother's bank, and written by some random guy. I'm worried that the cousin has simply conned somebody else ("please, my home is being foreclosed on, I really need this loan, you can even write it directly to the bank") to cover part of her debt. She isn't talking, and my trusting mother is angry that I'd suggest such a thing. (So a lawyer is out of the question.) Is my mother potentially complicit in fraud by depositing this check?
Help me understand what to do about a check that's lost in the mail [more inside]
If you knew that someone who has put a project on a crowdfunding site (think IndieGoGo or Kickstarter) has been convicted of check fraud and also started some other projects before the crowdfunding era that they never delivered on...what would you do? [more inside]
Does a previous marriage show up on a background check? [more inside]
Misterben, my husband, is the sole beneficiary of the estate of his late grandmother, who died over twelve years ago. Last month, it came to light that his grandmother had a life insurance policy, and the insurer sent a check to Misterben's cousin D (his grandmother's niece, and the executor of the estate). Cousin D was unable to cash the check because it was made out in the name of the grandmother's estate. Neither the cousin nor Mr B have a copy of the will to prove that D is in fact the executor, since it was so long ago. The estate was too small to have gone into probate court, and neither Mr B nor cousin D remember the name of the lawyer who handled it. What can Mr B and/or his cousin do that would enable them to get the check cashed? The estate was in Florida, D lives in South Carolina, and Mr B lives in Washington state. There are no personal issues between Mr B and his cousin, and the cousin is happy to pass along the money once she can cash the check. It is a not huge but not insignificant amount, so he does not want to let it go.
What shows up on a Kroll background check? [more inside]
I had a routine ladyparts exam a few months ago. It qualified as "preventive care" and I didn't have to pay a copay. (Yay! Thank you, ACA!) I got a rundown of what they charged my insurance a month or two ago -- one of those THIS IS NOT A BILL things -- and promptly lost/forgot about it, since I owed nothing. Today I got a check, made out to me, from the doctor's office for a couple hundred bucks. Do I get to keep it? [more inside]
Buying a used car. How do I handle the money aspect of it? [more inside]
I owe a person money and want to pay her back. How should I go about it? [more inside]
A friend asked me for help getting an apostille of her daughter's background check for a job in Korea- I haven't a clue where to start, but I've included her question inside. [more inside]
I was fired from a retail job back in 1994. I worked there 6 months. The firing could have been argued but I left. I have a job interview tomorrow requiring a background check. I don't want to lie but I don't want to tell the truth as it is so damn long ago and a ridiculous thing....and that job is long long long gone from resume replaced with great work and academic history. Does a routine background check dig up that old dirt? Thanks for your time and have a good week.
Suggestions for nanny background check websites? [more inside]
Will there be a place in the lobby to check cell phones at tomorrow's preview screening of The Avengers at the AMC Empire 25 in NYC? [more inside]
Electronic transfers have not replaced checks in the United States to the same degree as in most other Western countries. What are the technical and cultural reasons underlying this?
Normally, an unexpected $10,000 check in the mail would be super. Not f it comes from a secret surprise student loan. Help me fix this please! [more inside]
I have a GBP-denominated check that I need to deposit into my USD-denominated bank account in the US. My bank has quoted me a ridiculous conversion rate for the deposit. What are my options? [more inside]
How do I deposit a check that has only my first and middle names? [more inside]
A few weeks ago I had a frustrating interaction with a waiter regarding a gift card. I am still bothered by what happened and would like some advice about it. [more inside]
Do I need to shred the monthly balance transfer checks my credit card company sends me? Could someone else use them if they found them in the trash, or intercepted the mail? And has anyone had luck stopping them?
I'm British and live in the UK, but get paid royalties by US companies (in the order of thousands of pounds). Some wire me the money but others give me cheques, which can take months to cash if the bank is being difficult. What are my most sensible options for getting money from the US? [more inside]
What happens to someone trying to cash a fraudulent check? [more inside]
Offered a professional level job at PG&E. I would be driving a company car, but not all the time - desk job with field duty. On the online application I indicated that I do not have any criminal convictions (i.e. felonies, misdemeanors, etc.) For fear of not getting an interview at all, I replied in the negative. However, I have one misdemeanor DUI from almost seven years ago. They will be performing a background check. I know they really want me - they offered me the job within a day of interviewing. Does the background check go back this far? Am I screwed or will I have the opportunity to explain myself if it comes up? HR has not gotten to me to do the check yet. What, if anything, should I do?
Why is it that when I make a deposit to my bank, using an ATM, it must be a separate transaction from any other transactions? [more inside]
Will a suspended driver's license with extenuating circumstances disqualify my fiance for a position that requires him to drive a company car? [more inside]
How in depth does the Foreign Service background check go? [more inside]
What should I do about an old paycheck of mine I just found? [more inside]
I want to sell my used car that's worth about $10K. Are there other options than asking for cash? [more inside]
If a check is "lost in the mail" and never was received by the payee, is there a rule that says who would have to cover the stop payment charge so that the check could be reissued? [more inside]
Specific travel filter: Anyone know any hotels, hostels, guesthouses, B&Bs etc at Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport that a) can pick up and return my hapless self to the airport (the next day) and b) offer 24 hour check in and out? [more inside]
So my name's been evicted from an apartment I've never lived in. And yet nothing appears on my credit report. What do I do? [more inside]
My friend attempted to cash some forged checks of mine and was arrested. What now? [more inside]
I dropped (back) out of college during this past summer session. I am not registered to take any more courses, ever. Yesterday I received a Pell Grant check in the mail alongside a statement from the university bursar's office noting the credit amount. This is a total surprise as I had no previous indication I'd be receiving any financial aid. I could use the money (not for school). Should I cash the check or send it back?
I stupidly let a $1500 insurance check sit uncashed for 9 months. Turns out that it was apparently void after 90 days (at least it says so on the check). What are my chances of having the insurance company (of the guy who hit my car) cut me a new check? [more inside]
How can I prove I mailed a cheque, even if the recipient doesn't cash the cheque? [more inside]