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Re: An Exciting Weekend With a Sneak Thief

DevilsPGD (
Mon, 22 Aug 2005 21:51:01 -0600

In message <> J Kelly
<jkelly@*> wrote:

> The problem with checks is that all I need is your routing and account
> number, and guess what? Those are printed on every one of your checks
> in plain human readable numerals. I can print up new checks on my
> computer with any ID on them I want, and your account number. I can
> start passing them around town same as your sneak thief. And guess
> what? I can easily get a fake ID to match the ID of the person I put
> on the check. Checks are terribly insecure.

You also need a signature, at least if you want the money to come from
my account.

Now you obviously don't care if a merchant gets screwed since you've
long since run off with the goods, but for the consumer, it's not as
bad as the above makes it sound.

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