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Re: An Exciting Weekend With a Sneak Thief

Robert Bonomi (
Wed, 24 Aug 2005 14:57:09 -0000

In article <>,
<> wrote:

> DevilsPGD wrote:

>> 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.

> Most banks don't even look at the signature, that is unless the check
> it presented in person at the issuers bank.

And they *don't* do any comparasion with the signature card that is
'on file'. This has been the case for 20 years or more.

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