How to Buy Checks Safely

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When you buy new checks, you will want to take some precautions in order to protect your account information. Identify theft is such a rampant problem that you must be very careful about who you allow to know your bank account information. If you buy checks online, it is important to research the site thoroughly to ensure that you are ordering from a legitimate business.

  • Review the site security if you plan to buy checks online. The site that you use should protect your account information through SSL encryption. You can check for SSL encryption by looking for a lock icon at the bottom of the page where you enter your bank account details.

  • Check the shipping policy of the check distributor. The company that you buy the checks from should only permit shipping to the address that will be printed on your checks. This ensures the checks are not shipped to another person.

  • Verify the online check supplier's digital certificate. If the site's certificate is not valid, you will not want to order from them. Click on the certification icon to view the site's certificate information. An example of a well-known certificate program used by check retailers is VeriSign.

  • Review the URL at the top of your page. If it displays "https:" instead of "http:" then you are in a secure section of the check retailer's site.

  • Consider buying your checks directly from your bank if you are still concerned about security. However, keep in mind that bank-distributed checks may cost more.

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