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Check fraud

Check fraud

Many people worry about fraud relating to credit & debit cards, but there are some risks associated with using checks as well. If someone gets their hands on your checks that isn’t supposed to, they will have a copy of your handwriting, signature, account information, and personal information (such as name, address and phone number). Sometimes people also have their driver’s license number or social security numbers imprinted on their checks. This practice is not recommended, as it makes ID theft even easier. Stolen checks can be (literally) washed and reused. They may be made out to a different person instead of who they were originally intended for. Since many people don’t get their checks back, thieves will typically leave the amount the same in hopes that you’ll see that the check cleared in the amount that you wrote it for without realizing that it was never used to pay the person you wrote it to.

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