Know Your U.S. Treasury Check Campaign

Consumers, retailers and financial institutions should be on the lookout for counterfeit U.S. Treasury Checks.

According to the Internal Revenue Service, paper U.S. Treasury checks from the $2 trillion dollar Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act will be mailed and issued to millions of Americans beginning late April, 2020.

The Secret Service and the U.S. Department of the Treasury have issued guidance on how to identify counterfeit U.S Treasury checks. Here’s what to look for:

Treasury Seal – A new seal to the right of the Statue of Liberty. It should say “Bureau of the Fiscal Service,” and has replaced the old seal that said “Financial Management Service.”
Bleeding Ink – the seal to the right of the Statue of Liberty when moisture is applied to the black ink will “run” and turn red.
Watermark – All U.S. Treasury checks are printed on watermark paper. The watermark reads “U.S. TREASURY,” and is seen from both front and back when held up to a light source.
Ultraviolet Overprinting – A protective ultraviolet (UV) pattern is invisible to the naked eye, consisting of lines of “FMS” bracketed by the FMS seal on the left and the U.S. Seal (eagle) on the right. As of 2013, a new ultraviolet patter was introduced into the check that says “FISCALSERVICE”. Either one of these UV patterns maybe be seen.
Microprinting – is located on the back of the check with the words “USAUSAUSA.”
Economic Impact Payment: The Economic Impact Payment checks will have the following information located on the lower right side of the Statue of Liberty: “Economic Impact Payment President Donald J. Trump”

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