Many fraudulent checks are visibly phony. By paying close attention to a check's appearance, you can often detect a possible bad check before accepting it as payment. When you see one or more of the following telltale signs, you may be looking at a phony check. Protect yourself against possible losses by requiring management approval of the check or asking for an alternative form of payment.
Tips to Spot a Bad Check
Apparently altered writing or erasures
Glossy rather than dull finish of magnetic ink
No perforation on check edges
Numbered under 500 (new account)
Signature does not match imprinted name and ID
Water spots or alterations of check's color or graphic background