Author Topic: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah  (Read 4311 times)

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My boss just showed me a print out of a check he wrote for $5.00 to someone who came collecting at his door in flatbush.  He had left the to field blank.  The check was deposited without the guy either filling out or endorsing the check.
The scary thing is that the guy wrote fifty over the five, and turned the 5.00 in the numerical box into a 50.00.  If you look closely at the "fifty" you can see the "e" from the five.  Becuase of my boss's handwriting the "5" in 5.00 was very narrow, so it was easy to turn it into the left part of a "0" and there was enough room to add another 5 next to it.
He found 2 checks that this happened on.  It's scary thinking about how many other times this has happened, how many other people this happened to or will happen to.
It's not so simple to go to chase and tell them because if the guy is constantly doing this (and did not use a no id grocery or check cashing place) this can lead to prison. 
Regardless, just be careful to write clearly on checks when your giving it to someone you may not fully trust.
« Last Edit: January 30, 2013, 02:13:53 PM by noturbizniss »
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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2013, 02:12:57 PM »
showed you what???

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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #2 on: January 30, 2013, 02:13:10 PM »
my boss just showed me

Showed you what?
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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #3 on: January 30, 2013, 02:14:10 PM »
Sorry - hit enter by mistake. 8)
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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2013, 06:45:10 PM »
the check
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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2013, 07:53:55 PM »
There have been reports of meshulochim washing checks also. Beware.

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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2013, 07:57:02 PM »
I always write on my checks void after 30 days, and insist on making it out to a person.
No go, no money!

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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #7 on: January 30, 2013, 08:25:24 PM »
I always write on my checks void after 30 days, and insist on making it out to a person.
No go, no money!

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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #8 on: January 30, 2013, 08:29:01 PM »
I always write on my checks void after 30 days, and insist on making it out to a person.
No go, no money!
Slightly OT, but does that really make it void? Meaning, if I try to deposit a check w/ void after 60 days, will it bounce?
(Just found a rebate check from March 2012)

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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #9 on: January 30, 2013, 08:36:11 PM »
Slightly OT, but does that really make it void? Meaning, if I try to deposit a check w/ void after 60 days, will it bounce?
(Just found a rebate check from March 2012)
I don't think it will bounce,  but the teller isn't supposed to accept it. .

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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #10 on: January 30, 2013, 08:37:05 PM »
I don't think it will bounce,  but the teller isn't supposed to accept it. .

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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #11 on: January 30, 2013, 09:32:52 PM »
It gets them scared.

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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #12 on: January 30, 2013, 10:02:16 PM »
http://jewishnewssite.com/index.php?act=11&sid=474

Another example of what the OP is concerned about

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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #13 on: January 31, 2013, 01:14:51 PM »
I only give to meshulochim who accept credit cards.
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Re: Warning about giving checks to unknown people collecting tzedakah
« Reply #14 on: January 31, 2013, 01:27:02 PM »
Yeki89 - What does making void after 30 days do for you?