As I now have a new credit union I need new checks. I was just about to order them through the credit union like I usually do, but their price stopped me in my tracks: $102 for 100 plain green checks! Well I remember a couple decades ago my dad complaining about paying $1 per check, but that was way before mass-customization.
I’d have to get my own checks this time. Checks are still a security problem for three main reasons. Thieves steal your outgoing bill payments from your mailbox, then:
- “wash” the checks with solvents to get your writing off, then they write their own amount to their alias;
- use a color copier or scanner to duplicate your checks with new amounts;
- physically cut out the writing and graft in something suitable to them.
(Get a good locking mailbox, and take your payments to the post office)