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Some criminals actually reprint information in a larger font over the existing information.
Finally, it is possible to cut information from one part of the check and reinsert it onto another. This may be done digitally so as not to harm the check.
Chemically-sensitive papers will change color, show the word “void” or simply be destroyed when certain known ink washing formulas are applied. Additionally, some pens use inks that penetrate the check paper and are nearly impossible to remove. Abagnale recommends the uni-ball 207, which was designed to his specifications.
To prevent toner removal, some paper manufacturers altered their stocks to be heat sensitive and bond the toner to the paper. This is often called “toner lock” or “toner anchorage.”
Using a large font when printing checks helps prevent a criminal from printing over the original wording. Certain “secure fonts” can also be used. These fonts print the text in the negative space of a black box, making it impossible to overprint.
Detailed backgrounds make cut and paste operations very difficult, even on a computer. Prismatic backgrounds are especially complicated. They have numerous small and curving patterns and fade colors gently. Some checks incorporate pinstripes of varying widths and spacing. These also help prevent cut and paste fraud.
Liability and Prosecution
Since the original document was likely destroyed there is little evidence. Without evidence, prosecuting the criminal is nearly impossible and even proving that the original check was indeed for only $2,500 may be difficult. This may result in legal battles with the bank or even the contractor. In the end, it is possible that the defrauded company may be responsible for the loss.
A criminal receives, legally or steals from the outgoing mail, a business’s check. Using the information on the check, he or she then makes counterfeit checks and cashes them, taking thousands of dollars from the company.