The National Check Fraud Center (www.ckfraud.org)
reports that check fraud has increased at an alarming rate in the
United States. One form of check fraud known as "check washing"
has been increasing dramatically and cost business owners and individuals
more than $815 million every year.
What is "check washing"?
Using common household cleaners and chemicals found in every home,
perpetrators of the fraud engage in a process known as "check
washing". Simply put, they use common chemicals to literally
wash away inks and toner on checks resulting in blank checks that
they can rewrite! They can increase the amount of the check to any
number they wish and make the check out to anyone they wish.
See YouTube video link demonstrating this process: (2.13 minutes)
Types of chemicals used:
Acetone (paint thinner) will erase most inks from a stolen check
without any noticeable effect and is an excellent drying agent after
the check has been washed.
Benzene, Bleach and other solvents such as clear correction fluids
are also used.
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