Counterfeit Check

Written by Samuel Wong
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You may think that trying to pay with or cash a counterfeit check is a difficult task to pull off. However, someone who can spend a few bucks on a high quality scanner and printer can crank out a checkbook's worth of counterfeit checks in no time at all.

With the increase of transactions being paid with credit cards and debit cards, many people think that paying by check is a process slowly heading the way of the dinosaur. However, that is not the case when it comes to people who use a counterfeit check. They take advantage of newer workers who are not as familiar with check-based transactions, and who usually do not look at a check closely enough to determine whether it is legitimate or not.

Other times, businesses do not have any technology available to scan and detect a counterfeit check, so they are victimized due to their lack of experience or surplus of trust. Also, if someone pays with a counterfeit check, they usually do not realize it until the bank finds out. By that time, the merchandise and the criminal are long gone.

Do Not Cash That Counterfeit Check

Banks and corporations are slowly but surely implementing anti-counterfeit measures to protect businesses and themselves from being victimized by counterfeiters. Most corporate checks and cashiers checks nowadays have text and features that will appear if a check has been copied or reproduced in anyway. Others borrow features from paper currency and use microprinting and watermarks.

The easiest way to protect yourself from a counterfeit check is by paying attention and looking closely each time someone hands you a check. You check to see if paper money is real, so why not do the same for paper checks?


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