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Protect yourself from Check Fraud - Avoid Mailing Checks

Protect yourself from Check Fraud - Avoid Mailing Checks

It's important for customers to be aware of the dangers associated with check fraud. According to the Financial Crimes Enforcement Netowork, check fraud reporting has significantly increased in the last three years. Despite the fact that all checks are created with special security features, fraudsters have become increasingly adept at finding ways to cash a check that doesn't belong to them.

One of the most dangerous methods is by simply mailing a check in an envelope without any protection. No matter how safe you think your mailbox is, there are those out there looking to take advantage of unwitting customers.

At Central Pacific Bank, we understand the importance of keeping your finances safe and secure from fraud. That's why we offer multiple options for depositing checks securely - including deposit through ATM's, our top-rated mobile app, or in-branch deposit.

"We want our customers to be safe and secure when handling their finances," says CPB Vice President and Director of Financial Crimes Security Thorsen Steen. "That’s why we offer multiple options for depositing checks safely and avoiding potential fraud. Depositing checks via our ATMs, mobile app or in branch helps keep our customers safe while also getting their money into their accounts faster."

For times when mailing a check is necessary, it is important to take extra precautions to keep those checks safe from thieves.

“Always double-check the recipient’s name and address before sending off the check so that it reaches its intended destination safely,” Thorsen explains. “Keep track of who has access to outgoing mail in order to prevent anyone from stealing mailed checks. Always remember to take advantage of USPS tracking services for extra peace of mind.”

Thorsen also recommends looking for public USPS collection boxes near pick up times when they are being emptied by postal workers. This will help ensure that your check arrives safely at its destination without being lost or stolen along the way.

We believe that security is paramount and are proud to provide our customers with easy and secure ways to make check deposits. When depositing your hard-earned money, choose one of the many safe options available to you.