Fingerprints prevent Fraudulence

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Check fraud can range from less than one hundred to over one hundred thousand dollars.

Our Malique Rankin joins us now to tell us- how some banks are taking an extra step in making sure each check is authentic.

Dakota Community Banks is one of the banks in town that requires a fingerprint to those looking to cash a check.
And why do you have to get your digits dirty? 
This way, if you try and cash a bad check, once the bank knows, they hand over that check– with your fingerprint to the PD so they can track you down.

If you’re not a member of Dakota Community Bank, when you go to cash a check, the clerk will ask for ID, signature, and a fingerprint.

Tammi Winbauer; Customer Service Supervisor: “It happens more often than you’d think. So it is something that is of concern and is an ongoing issue..”

If a check is found to be fraudulent, they send it over to the PD.

“Typically what we do, the police department gets a copy of that check, and they can lift that fingerprint to help them with their investigation.”

When and if the culprit is found, that fingerprint may be all the proof the bank needs in proving your wrongdoing.

“But the fingerprint helps in the prosecution because it’s evidence that they were here in our bank.”

Taking the time to get a fingerprint can prevent
-stolen checks
-check forgeries
-online scams and more.

Just last week, Dakota Community Bank was able to catch a fraudulant check being cashed, thanks to their fingerprinting protocol.

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