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AVOID SCAMS – Check Washing

If you’ve ever sent a check that was cashed, but later its intended recipient told you that it never arrived? If so, you might have fallen victim to check washing, a sneaky scam where fraudsters alter the payee names and amounts on checks to deceive banks and cash in. 

Did you know that postal Inspectors recover over $1 billion in counterfeit checks and money orders yearly? These scams often involve stolen mail, where checks are tampered with using chemicals to erase ink or even duplicated using high-tech copiers.  


    Never leave your mail in your mailbox overnight. That puts you and your private mail in an unnecessarily vulnerable position.
    Deposit any outgoing mail before the last pickup indicated on the blue box or drop it inside the post office directly for safe keeping, especially if you’re mailing a check. (But really, try to not mail a check at all. Check out options for electronic transfers.)
    If you’re going on vacation, have your mail held at the Post Office or have a trusted friend or neighbor pick up your mail regularly for U. 

Watch these helpful videos from uspis.gov, the official government website for the United States Postal Inspection Service:

Source: USPIS.gov  

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