I was asked this question this week by a fellow Virtual Assistant:
“I’ve been approached by someone asking me to cash cheques for their client on their behalf, have you ever done this? Sounds a bit weird?”
If a prospective client asks you to handle any money transactions for them such as cashing cheques, be very wary. It seems that there are people approaching Virtual Assistants by email, inquiring about their services and then asking them to handle money transactions on their behalf (or ‘their client’s behalf’). What they probably do is give you a fake cheque to cash. You pay them their funds and then by the time you’ve realised that the cheque is a dud, they’ve disappeared.
I haven’t received one of these emails yet myself but rest assured I’ll be on the lookout! I’ll post it here if I get one.
I’m not trying to alarm you unnecessarily because there are a lot of legitimate clients out there. But remember, it is highly unlikely that a genuine client would ask you to transfer money or cash cheques on their behalf. I mean, if you were running a real business, would you ask someone to cash cheques on your behalf? I don’t think so!
Read my other post about Virtual Assistant Scams here: