As the years go by and technology continues to advance it seems many people feel that cheque security features and cheques in general would have just died out and gone the way of the dodo bird. Luckily for our company that’s not the case, and many of our customers continue to order bank cheques for their businesses as our cheques continue to contain high end security features.
But as printing technology increases the need for businesses to protect themselves from cheque fraud also increases. Thieves have a much easier time in this day and age then they would have had even 5 years ago.
With the constant advancement of low-cost printers being able to print higher and higher resolutions with better print at home quality then ever before, businesses need to find way to stay ahead of shady characters who try as best they can to make and use fraudulent cheques.
Some of the tactics of these thieves include making high end reproductions of stolen cheques that they might have swiped from the mail, or in even worse situations theft from seemingly honest internal employees.
It doesnt take much to use a high quality scanner and decent home printer to print an image that looks like a cheque.
But there are certainly some cheque security features that simply cannot be duplicated by color copies, which helps reduce and prevent cheque fraud duplication from ever happening. And in the event that your businesses becomes a target of cheque fraud you want to ensure that you have done your due diligence to ensure your company is using high security cheques so that you can place the blame onto your bank who shouldn’t have allowed a fraudulent cheque to clear through its system.
Two of the best security features available to reduce cheque duplication are the Hologram Gold Foil and Heat Sensitive Inks.
A hologram foils reflective surface makes it impossible to duplicate using any printer. And a heat sensitive ink is a specially formulated ink that when its temperature reaches a certain degree the ink color actually fades, and only returns when the temperature drops again below its activation point.
The hologram foil itself comes specially manufactured in the US and is sold only to approved manufacturers, and they require expensive machines that both heat up and then stamp the foil onto the cheque stock. This features much like the Heat Sensitive Ink function not only as a visual deterrent to fraudsters, but also double impossible to dupicate features using any sort of color copier.
Heat Sensitive inks are also only sold to approved manufacturers and have a secure delivery chain.
Keep your company bank account safe by ensuring you use the security features that can best protect your cheques.
Additional security features that we provide and are good deterrents include real watermarks embedded into the cheque stock, some low cost providers sell cheques on regular bond paper and then apply a “printed watermark” that can easily be reproduced.
Visible Fibers used to be a commonly used security feature but was replaced with invisible fluorescent fibers. As scanners and printers have advanced visible fibers have become redundant and non-effective as a security feature.
Micro-Printing is also a commonly used feature where the printing done is so fine that when scanned or copied the text becomes a solid line. But this feature is mostly only visible with a magnifying glass.
As you can see, not all cheque security features are created equal, and there is a lot more to printing and manufacturing cheques then just printing black ink onto paper.
Unlike the main cheque supplier who supplies most of the Major Canadian banks we have not reduced our security features to make increase our profit margins, we instead continue to offer our clients higher level of security features at no extra cost and will continue to do so.
To see a list of more of our cheque security features view the image below.
Even with the advent of modern technology, cheques are one of the most convenient methods of payment.
In fact, Canada still processes more than half a billion cheques every year. When you consider how many are running through the system at one given time, it’s no wonder cheque fraud continues to be one of the most common forms of financial crime.
There are 3 common types of cheque fraud to look out for: Counterfeit – cheques not written or authorized by legitimate account holder; Forged – Stolen cheque not signed by account holder and Altered – an item that has been properly issued by the account holder but has been intercepted and the payee and/or the amount of the item have been altered.
Even though Canada has one of the most efficient cheque clearing systems in the world, cheque fraud continues to make headlines across the country. In Sudbury, Ont. three people faced fraud-related charges from allegedly printing fake cheques back in January of 2014. According to Greater Sudbury Police Service, police executed a search warrant at a Sudbury residence on Jan. 14, 2015 and found several fraudulent cheques, a laptop, a printer and Canadian currency.
This is not the first reported occurrence of illegal cheque printing and it certainly won’t be the last. However, there are lessons to be learned from these criminals that can help protect you and your business from fraud.
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There are two types of cheque fraud in which your business may be vulnerable. The first is cheques issued to your business and the other is cheques issued by your business.
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Starting a business can be an exciting, yet risky endeavour — one that involves making many decisions.
Near the top of that list is the use of cheques in your day-to-day operation. Today’s businesses have a full range of financial options at their fingertips. And while electronic transfers and debit and credit payments have become more prevalent, cheques are how many companies manage their finances. Aside from providing a record of expenditures, they’re one of the best ways to ensure there is a paper trail.
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Purchasing cheques has never been easier, given the numerous options available to consumers. From small businesses issuing large quantities of cheques on a daily basis to personal cheque writers who only pull out their cheque books for birthdays, there is something for everyone.
Customers can choose to personalize their transactions with custom cheques that offer a selection of colours, layouts and designs. Those who prefer to keep things simple can opt for the standard variety, and decide between one or two cheques printed per page. And people looking to use technology to their advantage can turn to laser-cheque printing to increase productivity and utilize modern software features.
Whatever one’s needs are, there is a cheque that does the job. Still not convinced? Check out these seven options for proof:
With the popularity and convenience of debit and credit cards, very few of us carry cold-hard cash in our wallets anymore.
However, with bank fees that can cost you a pretty penny and interest that has been known to cause crippling debt to even the savviest saver, there’s another payment option that is highly underrated – the cheque book.
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Words like apps, poke and tweet may not have existed a decade ago – today, they are common terms used in everyday conversation.
While it’s great to be connected and have a access to an unlimited wealth of information at our finger tips, it can also keep us tuned out from experiencing real life. By tuning into technology 24/7, we’re inadvertently tuning out our ability to live in the present. In fact, a recent study by the Public Library of Science found that the more time an individual spends on Facebook, the more dissatisfied they are with their own life. Also, Harvard Medical School scientists have discovered that using a cell phone or laptop before bed can negative affect our ability to have a good night’s sleep.
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It’s never been a better time to be out with the old and in with the new. When it comes to issuing cheque– whether you manage day-to-day finances at home or have a business that issues numerous cheques a day – there is no longer a need put pen to paper. Simplify the cheque production process with laser cheque printing, a tool that allows users to customize a cheque’s information and appearance, while cutting down on the costs and hindrances of pre-printed cheque stock. Not only is this option secure and reliable, it’s replacing yesterday’s practises with the direction of tomorrow.
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Over the centuries, paper cheques have been a mainstay method of payment. In fact, they date all the way back to the 9th century –back then, merchants relied on cheques to exchange funds, according to the Economic Review. And for much of the 20th century, they were the most widely used method of payment.
From paying for groceries at the supermarket and compensating the babysitter after her shift, to gifting funds for one’s birthday, there’s no doubt about it that cheques are handy and convenient.