pay for a couple of cars.ej ahmad, fraud victim"they bought two cars from us, and we were very happy and confident and we didn't think of any problem."the suspects shopped his car lot and found an acura and jeep cherokee they liked. they put down a deposit of 9-thousand dollars in money orders for both cars. thgrand total $12,000.d ej ahmad, fraud victim"so far, we never had any problems with the postal money orders so postal money order was considered like cash."mark viggiano, us postal inspector "he agreed they could take the cars home that night, because they lived locally and they would be back the next morning to complete the transaction." but the suspects never returned. ahmad was on the hook for the full $12 thousand dollars.counterfeit money orders are a growing problem but fakes are easy to spot. a real money order has a metallic security thread woven in. on a fake, it's printed on the outside.also, real money orders have a watermark of benjamin franklin on the far left side. the counterfeit has the water mark is printed on the paper. it's a mistake that ahmad won't make again.ej ahmad, fraud victim"we should have done probably little more research into and know exactly what they were doing." 3 both of the cars stolen were recovered and returned. but the suspects remain on the run. creating a fake money order is a federal offense and carries a punishment of up to five years in prison. 3 3

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