A national program aimed at educating consumers and tellers about high-tech fake check scams has gotten under way with a rollout in Connecticut.
Called "Don't Become a Target," the Consumer Federal of America's program calls for tellers to hand out a brochure by that name whenever a check of $1,000 or more is presented for deposit or cashing.
The program-introduced at a press conference in Meridian, Conn.-is aimed at providing practical guidance on identifying fraudulent checks and avoiding becoming their victim. It's a cooperative effort of the CFA, Connecticut League of Credit Unions and the state's consumer protection and banking departments.
"It is important and appropriate for us to participate not only because of the close relationship we have with our member credit unions, but also because of the strong relationship credit unions have with their members," said Tony Emerson, the Connecticut League's president/CEO.