September 11, 2019

How To Spot A Fake Check

Written by: Raj Sharma Head of Information Security, VP, Northern Bank
Information Security

On August 26, 2019, the FDIC published a consumer news article related to the risk of fake bank checks. Although a bank check is typically considered safer than a personal check, there are certain scams that target potential victims. The article explains certain scams in detail, and some of the steps involved in spotting a fake check, including:

  • Double checking the financial institution listed on the check is real
  • Calling the financial institution that supposedly issued the check to verify
  • Understanding why you are receiving the check
  • Reviewing the address where the check came from
  • Reviewing the amount and security features on the check

To read the full article, please see: Consumer News for August 2019

Written by
Raj Sharma
Head of Information Security, VP, Northern Bank

Raj Sharma brings 19 years of Information Security experience in the banking industry to his role at Northern Bank. On the Northern Bank Team since 2018, Raj has played an integral part in building the Information Security function that is so critical to mitigating the ever changing security threat environment. He holds a Masters in Information Security and several industry recognized certifications such as CISSP (Certified Information Security Systems Professional) and CISM (Certified Information Security Manager). Raj is so interested in Information Security, he not only chose it as a career, he makes it his hobby and is constantly learning about new technologies.

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