Forgery and Counterfeiting

Check Forgery

If your blank checks are stolen, or if your signature has been forged on a check, immediately notify your financial institution. Make a prompt police report with the law enforcement agency holding jurisdiction where the theft occurred and obtain a case number. Provide a sworn statement to the deputy or officer; listing your bank or credit union name, account number, the check numbers of the stolen checks, copies of the checks and any possible suspect information. Include a statement that no one had your permission to take, possess or use your checks.

Contact the three major credit reporting companies and request a fraud alert be placed on your personal credit file. This should help prevent any future acts of fraud.

If you are the recipient of forged checks (stolen or counterfeit), take the original forged checks to your bank or credit union and complete and sign fraud / forgery affidavits for each check. Your bank or credit union will investigate to determine exactly how and when these stolen or counterfeit checks entered your account.

Contact the three major credit reporting companies and request that a fraud alert be placed on your personal credit file. This should help prevent any future acts of fraud.

Counterfeit Documents

If you accepted a counterfeit document (false credit card or currency) as payment, contact the police agency where the incident occurred. You will need to turn over the counterfeit item and sign a property receipt. If the counterfeit involves currency (bills or coins), the reporting agency will contact the U.S. Secret Service.

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