Best Bank / Liability
I answered an ad on the popular job site www.indeed.com for a part time driving position. The duties were to transport a mans wife 3 or 4 times a week for personal errands, 2 or 3 hours at a time FOR $500.00 per week. The creator of the ad, the alleged husband was supposedly in China on business and the supposed wife was in London awaiting for funds to be transferred from me via western union.I have to admit at this point i thought it was a little strange, why not send the money the your wife personally and i would start to be of service to her once she arrived. I thought it was all a joke until the check arrived. Once i was the ACCEPTED candidate the initial $500 was forwarded to me via UPS. The actual check and was written on a JP Morgan/Chase Manhattan account and gave a -Delta Airline P.O. Box for an address. The amount was for $1977.70 cents. I was to take my advanced cut of $500 and wired the remaining amount to the wife in London. Being honest i did exactly ### instructed. I went to my local Best Bank branch inside Kroger who told me i would have to deposit the check and wait 5 to 7 days for it to clear. I did not like the sound of that so i left and ran some errands. While out i ran across another Kroger Best Bank branch and decided i would deposit it. However, this particular teller verified the funds and told me the money was available NOW!!!. I cashed the check and deposited $500 in my account and per the instructions wired the remainder to a London address. I then get an email thanking me for my honesty and promptness. About five days later when i tried to use my -Best Bank ATM card and was declined twice i went inside a branch to see what the issue was. I was then told that i had a outstanding balance of $1426.00. After telling me that the funds were available and cashing the check only to find out later that the check was fraudulent, i found out Best Bank had made it good to JP/Chase and pass the buck the me saying i was liable because i cashed the check. Mind you, i would have deposited it and waited for it to clear had i not been told by the teller the funds were available now. I might be naive, my honesty was taken advantage on but i certainly did not intend to defraud my bank. I was the one defrauded and you're me i am liable. Does not the bank have the responsibility to make sure the funds they are issuing are legitimate? So these two giant corporations have gotten together internally and satisfied one another and passed the buck to me. The JP Morgan/Chase account was open and available according to the loss prevention department at Best Bank. Best Bank honored the check. They made the mistake, their security system and measures failed them an i should not be liable for that... II guess i will go to my grave owing them... Advice please...
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