Have you recently received a check from Al Snyder that is partial payment for a grant of some kind, and you just have to send him a portion before you get the rest? Don’t do it! You’ll be left holding the bag with thousands of fake dollars in it that you have to pay back.

Checks from “Al Snyder” or “Smith Enterprises” Are Fake!

We wrote about this fake check scam back in June, shortly after it appeared.

In the last week, the comments on that post have exploded (19 comments since 8/25). Why? Because he has been sending checks like mad—like the crook he is. They are usually for $4,765, give or take a couple hundred, drawn on Washington Mutual. They are poor fakes, easily spotted as such by anyone who looks closely.

People who are financially vulnerable fall for the scam and cash the check, only to be badly burned days or weeks later when their bank says, “Hey! It was fake! You owe us $5,000 plus penalties!”

If you get a check from Al Snyder, or Blossom Homes Corporation or Smith Enterprises or Upland Product Development, take it straight to the post office and file a complaint with the Postmaster General. Maybe also the local FBI office. Yes, your ship has come in, but it’s full of holes and rats. Don’t get on it. Sink it!

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Last Updated: October 15, 2008

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  • Christy Blount
    Christy Blount
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    Imagine my surprise when I googled Al Snyder, I just received a check today completely matching the information posted by Pamela. I am so glad that there are honest people out there that post this type of information for us before we fall victim to these scams. Boy this check was really looking good too!! I was seriously thinking about cashing it..Thanks everyone for the information and I will definately report this to the local authorities.

  • Joe
    Joe
    Reply

    Thanks for posting that information, Pamela. I edited the account numbers because sometimes they belong to real people who are the other victims of this scam. It’s not likely that the account is still open, but just to be safe…

  • Pamela
    Pamela
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    Well, well, well. Thank God I did not fall prey to this one. Unfortunately I actually received in the mail a letter from (low and behold) a Mr. Al Snyder of El Cajon Constulting. A check for $4,950.00, HUH!!! Well, I did a ‘lil researching and found out our boy has been a very busy bee indeed. Thing is…why have they not been busted. This should be considered USPS fraud, but it seems that nothing has been done. Here’s the low down:

    El Cajon Consulting
    1464 Grave Ave
    El Cajon CA 92021

    Washington Mutual Bank
    check 003516
    003516-32xxx7-095xxxx61
    amount $4,950.
    Signed by Greg Smith
    website: awardchecks.com or awardchecks.net

    wants a 10% commission of 990.00. After first check is to be cashed I am supposed to go to website and send him a “green dot” card worth $990 then send him the info. Apparently he will send me the the second check for $4,950 after he gets his commission. He’s been overseas and can’t be reached via phone. HELLO!!!! Do red flags pop up in your eyes, or is just me? Hope no one else falls for these prigs, but maybe the USPS will finally do something. I’m gonna ask around and see what I can do to get the ball rolling. Good luck!

  • Deputy Jean A. Vath
    Deputy Jean A. Vath
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    We had a report of someone that got a grant for working on their home. Al Snyder was the sender, but he was “out of the country until the end of the month.” But of course he had the check with him and the instructions on how to send him the 10% commission. other information and names used: El Cajon Consulting, USL Finance, The Financial Aid Station. Luckly the victim’s bank caught that it was a fraud and would not cash the check.

    The best rule of thumb for people of course is that if you have to send money back to get a prize or money it is a scam, and NEVER give out your information over the internet unless you are positive that it is a secure site. Most of these scams have you send money to a different country to avoid investigation and conviction. Most of these scams are done over the internet, so if you ever have a question about a company or a check like this, use the internet to your advantage. Just enter some basic information in the search engine and look up the person or the company. You will likely find a complaint site on the person or company and it will confirm that it is too good to be true.

  • Joe
    Joe
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    You’re absolutely right, Adina. There are so many names and people involved in scams like this that it’s impossible to name them all. Al Snyder just happens to be an prominent one right now.

  • Adina Conroy
    Adina Conroy
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    Al is not the only scammer in the scenerio. I have not yet received a phony check in the mail. I do, however, get one to two emails a day from different people claiming to be Ambassadors, Soldiers, Bankers, etc. who want me to receive funds from them, take a 30% commission and send them the remaining funds. This is obviously a scam so I just delete them. Anyone claiming to pay a person they do not personally know any amount of money to deposit and send funds on their behalf is a scammer. No need to worry about what name they are using today! By the way, the soldier email was definitely my favorite….violins anyone?

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