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Comment: I have heard through the grapevine about why tax laws were
recently changed. They no longer ask for checks to be made out to "The
Internal Revenue Service" but rather now to "US Treasury Dept."

I hear that con artists were stealing the checks "Pay to the Order of: I R
S" and merely using a pen to write in a few lines so as to change it to
"Pay to the Order of: M R. Smith" and then depositing the checks into
their own accounts.

I overheard a student telling this story to a college finance professor.
The professor responded that he hadn't heard anything about it, but
admitted that it certainly sounded reasonable

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I remember a similar story about 15 years ago.

I was advised by a local news story to make out tax checks to "Internal Revenue Service" because thieves were stealing them and depositing them into accounts for the "Irish Rescue Society" or other company name with the IRS initials.

-Rogue

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Did the bank tellers ever wonder why would Irish Rescue Society need the fiscal year and Social Security number on the donation checks?
ETA: Although it could be for tax-deductible purposes [Razz]

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I would find this plausable at best since alot of checks would be written in a short period of tine before April 15th

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They no longer ask for checks to be made out to "The Internal Revenue Service" but rather now to "US Treasury Dept."
But then a crook could just put a "G" in front of "US Treasury Dept" and claim his name was Gus T. Dept.

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Reminds me of this story:
quote:
Following in the footsteps of her completely unsuccessful predecessors (Mr. Mellon E. Bank and Mr. Roadway V. Express, reported in News of the Weird in 1989 and 1996, respectively),
Keisha Yvette Gregory was arrested in Durham, N. C., in March and charged with theft of a check made out to the Tension Envelope company, which she tried to pass off as a personal check made out to Ms. Tension Nicole Envelope.

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quote:
Originally posted by Eve MG:
Reminds me of this story:
quote:
Following in the footsteps of her completely unsuccessful predecessors (Mr. Mellon E. Bank and Mr. Roadway V. Express, reported in News of the Weird in 1989 and 1996, respectively),
Keisha Yvette Gregory was arrested in Durham, N. C., in March and charged with theft of a check made out to the Tension Envelope company, which she tried to pass off as a personal check made out to Ms. Tension Nicole Envelope.

Eve "Gotta love stupid criminals - at least we can catch them!" MG
Of course, I used to work (for the now defunct) Ace TV Service. We used to get all kinds of junk mail for "Mr Ace Service" and variants of the same.

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Alex Buchet
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In France, tax checks are made out to "Trésor Public". So of course some sly rapscallion founded an "ad" agency called Trésor Publicité...fill in the rest!
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I used to work for a bank and our security officer showed us an example of a fraudulent check one of the rocket scientists tried to pass through the bank. It was originally payable to "I R S" and he typed in "mith" after the "S" and tried to use an ID in the name of "Ira Robert Smith" to cash it. The teller noticed that the type face for "mith" was different.

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I saw a news special about various scams. One scam was run by a purported home mortgage company. Their name was the California Association of Secure Housing (or something like that). Most people would not write out the whole name and instead would abbreviate the name C A S H, creating a check that could be cashed without any ID.

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The instructions for federal taxes stopped directing people to make checks out to "Internal Revenue Service" and start making them out to "Untied States Treasury" with the 1998 taxes. The Estimated taxes for 1999 were to be made out to "United States Treasury".

Why? I don't know.

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quote:
Originally posted by GenYus:
I saw a news special about various scams. One scam was run by a purported home mortgage company. Their name was the California Association of Secure Housing (or something like that). Most people would not write out the whole name and instead would abbreviate the name C A S H, creating a check that could be cashed without any ID.

That idea was used in the original Beverly Hillbillies TV show in the 60's.

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