Check Fraud has been on the rise for the past 3 years. Check use has been on decline, as new forms of payments have been introduced, but check fraud has more than doubled over the past three years. FinCEN has reposted 680,000 cases last year, up from 350,000 in 2021. By the time a fraudulent check is detected by the account holder, the thieves are often long gone. Individuals and organized criminal operations are swiping checks from residential mailboxes or the iconic blue drop-off boxes. Then, they’re removing the ink and selling the newly blank check or writing in whatever they want.
Here are a couple of steps you can take to prevent being a victim of check fraud:
• Only deposit mail containing checks at the post office.
• Use pens with permanent ink that can’t be removed through washing techniques.
• Monitor your bank account regularly.
• Switch to secure electronic payment methods.
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