Enterprise Rent-a-Car Check Scam & Fraud Customer Notice
From time to time we receive reports of consumers receiving checks purporting to be from our company. Often the check has been sent to them as part of a scam relatedto an Internet purchase, “work-at-home” proposition, lottery/sweepstakes/inheritance, charitable initiative, or foreign business deal.
The check is fake and did not come from Enterprise Holdings or its Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental or Alamo Rent A Car brands. We do not make Internet-related purchases from consumers, initiate work-at-home employment by advancing funds, participate in or sponsor lotteries, facilitate the transfer of inheritance proceeds, or make unsolicited donations to charitable organizations. And while we do occasionally sponsor sweepstakes, the winners of those drawings receive checks only after they have completed and returned an acceptance form. Furthermore, we never ask anyone to wire money for an overpayment or to cover any fees and/or taxes.
New variations of fraudulent check scams constantly pop up, but in each case the intended victim is: 1. sent a realistic-looking check; 2. asked to deposit the check, and; 3. asked to mail or wire a portion of the funds back to the sender. Ultimately, the check is returned unpaid to the victim’s bank as a counterfeit and he is “out” the amount previously sent back. Examples of current scams:
In response to a classified ad (traditional or online) or online auction posting, victim is sent a check for more than the purchase price of the item.
Victim is hired to work at home and asked to deposit checks into his account or new business account as part of his job.
Victim is notified she has inherited money or won a sweepstakes or lottery and is sent an advance on the proceeds/prize money.
Victim is offered a foreign business deal and sent a check as an advance on the business’s profits.
We offer some very simple advice with respect to these checks. DO NOT DEPOSIT THE CHECK INTO YOUR BUSINESS OR PERSONAL ACCOUNT. The check will fail to clear and you will lose any funds you withdraw, transfer or wire to those behind these scams.
We report matters such as these to appropriate law enforcement authorities. However, if you have received a counterfeit check or been a victim of one of these scams, you should contact federal or local authorities and the Internet Crime Complaint Center (www.ic3.gov) to file a complaint.