Have You Heard of Check Washing?

April 14, 2023

Have you ever heard of check washing? Check washing is an identity theft scam whereby a fraudster will use chemicals to remove the payee name and amount on a check they have stolen and replace the information in order to cash the check and receive the proceeds. You may realize this has happened if the payee for whom the check was written never receives the money but you see the money coming out of your checking account. If you are putting check payments out in your residential mailbox for the post office to pick up, you may become a victim. To help prevent check washing from happening to you: Mail payments from the post office, put them in the blue mail receptacle boxes prior to last pickup, and retrieve your mail daily. If you are going out of town for vacation, have your mail held at the post office.