Check processing companies, oops
March 21, 2008 2:23pm CST
Some time back I received a letter from a check processing company. It stated that they had to fire an employee for selling information whom was then selling it to another party. We have no proof of identity theft yet but we are investigating. Excuse me! I checked all the places that I write checks that use a processing company and found that two, Walmart and Books A Million were using the company. There was no telling which place it had occurred from. However, I was about to risk identity theft so I immediately closed my bank account and opened a new one. They of course gave me "near checks" to use till I got my new checks. So, here we go. I go to the place I buy my pet supplies and though I go every week, they wouldn't accept the "near check". It was store policy. Lovely. What is the point in issuing them if they aren't accepted by most places. Why am I punished for trying to protect myself? And don't go thinking, okay, I won't write checks anymore. That lovely little bank card you are using, it gets processed too. Your information passes through someone else's hands. You can't tote cash around, people are being robbed at the pump at the gas station. It's a mess. Anyhow, I thought I would pass this along. It may help you somewhere down the road. I like knowing whom the check processing companies are where I write checks. I know to watch for their names in my mail and in the papers.