I just got done reading the article at the Consumer Law and Policy Blog entitled How Chase Bank Almost Helped a Teenager Get Scammed. This story points out exactly what we at Scam Victims United have been talking about since 2003. The banks will tell people that the checks are "clear", "good" or "verified" but none of those words mean anything about the customer's protection from risk when these checks come back as counterfeit. The bank will still hold the customer liable for the entire amount.
I think this is wrong. When the bank employee tells you that the check is "clear", "good" or "verified" that should be the same as a verbal contract, and if something should come up later with that same check the BANK should hold some, if not all, of the liability. Isn't that the job of the bank, to verify these checks?
This is why we have started the petition at http://www.change.org/petitions/view/create_scam_education_and_awareness_programs asking for a change in these laws and better consumer protection against theses scams. We have also gone out to local high schools to give presentations to the students in order to educate them about these scams, and the banking terms. We need to give not only our teens, but everyone, the tools that they need to protect themselves from these scams.
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