Other than the rising fake check scams in the US, they are also warning about identity theft:

“To commit identity theft, what do people need? They (thieves) need your full name, your date of birth and your Social Security number,” Boucher said. “People will spend two years to clean up their reputation from chasing it down with credit bureaus … and just trying to resolve financial issues and the labels that they’re stuck with.”

We were not joking when we warned not to send your real personal details to the scammers.