Be on the lookout. Each tax season and refund opportunity – there are new tricks that fool even the best of us. Our HCFCU Fraud unit works to find ways to help prevent our members from falling victim. We can’t be everywhere, so here are some ways that you can help prevent a fake US Treasury check from happening to you!
The question always comes up, are people really receiving fake checks? The answer is yes. Here are 6 ways to verify your refund check.
- Treasury Seal: It should say “Bureau of the Fiscal Service.”
- Bleeding Ink: When moisture is applied to the black seal to the Statue of Liberty’s right, it will “run” and turn red.
- Watermark: All U.S. Treasury checks are printed on watermark paper. The watermark reads “U.S. TREASURY” and is seen from both front and back when held up to a light source.
- Ultraviolet Overprinting: A protective ultraviolet (UV) pattern is invisible to the naked eye, consisting of lines of “FMS” bracketed by the FMS seal on the left and the U.S. Seal (eagle) on the right. As of 2013, a new ultraviolet pattern was introduced into the check that says “FISCAL SERVICE.” Either one of these UV patterns may be seen. For more information, visit https://www.fiscal.treasury.gov/.
- Microprinting: It is located on the back of the check with the words “USAUSAUSA.”
- Economic Impact Payment: The Economic Impact Payment checks will have the following information located on the right side of the Statue of Liberty: “Economic Impact Payment”. (This will vary depending on the check issued. Visit the approved and verified governmental website to see details whenever a new check might be issued.)
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