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  • it works because banks typically have a short window under which they can deny you access funds you deposit, from 3 to 7 days in the US. that means that if you deposit a fake $10,000 check, the bank is required to give you access to that money after 7 days, regardless of whether or not they have actually recieved the funds themselves. so, 6 weeks later when the bank discovers you deposited a bad check, they promptly require their money back.

    you can find details of this particular version of the scam all over the internet, such as here [], and here [].

    The Art of the Steal [] by Frank Abagnale (of catch me if you can [] fame) is a very good read, and full of descriptions of this kind of thing.