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Teenagers are being targeted on social media and other sites in a scam involving counterfeit checks and the promise of quick cash, the chief administrative officer at the San Jose, Calif.-based 1st United Credit Union said in a public advisory that offered tips to help counter the alleged scheme.

Greg Pulliam, the chief administrative officer, said 1st United Credit Union has seen a “recent wave” of money scams that target teenagers via text messages, social media and dating sites. Teenagers are asked to deposit a check, told to keep a portion for themselves and then instructed to send the remainder back via Venmo, gift cards or other means.

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