How to Prevent Check Fraud Scams

by Elizabeth Sherman 3. October 2011

1st Mariner Check Fraud PreventionPositive Pay is, quite frankly, one of the best ways to prevent check fraud scams on a business checking account. Basically, a business owner writes checks and if there are any discrepancies between the checks written and the checks clearing the account, the business owner has the option to either pay or return the items. No check will clear the account without going through this process and thus limits the possibility of check fraud scams.

Most business owners understand and appreciate the security of Positive Pay, but feel the process can be too labor-intensive with entering or downloading the check information to their bank.  With one of our customers, the objection wasn’t so much about entering the information but more with having to implement the Positive Pay product on all three of their business entities. A recent incident, however, changed their opinion when Positive Pay prevented almost $2,000 in check fraud losses.

Over one weekend, several individuals came into a few 1st Mariner Bank branches, attempting to cash checks written on one of the entity accounts, and because of Positive Pay, the checks were flagged as “exceptions” (possible fraudulent checks). The basic information (date, serial number or amount) didn’t match the information provided by the business owner. This, in turn, prompted additional inquiries from our tellers. Unable to verify the checks with the business owner, the tellers refused to cash the items and, in one instance, alerted the police when one individual was unable to provide the appropriate ID, resulting in an arrest.

With advances in technology forcing business owners to be even more vigilant with their account information, Positive Pay’s check fraud prevention process provides an additional level of security in protecting the cash business owners fight so hard to earn.

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Nancy
Nancy
10/4/2011 1:28:09 AM #

Great information!  Thank you for sharing your expertise and advice.

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