We just got a check from my mother-in-law, and guess what? She has her driver’s license printed right there at the top of her check, alongside her name and address. I can’t even begin to express how bad an idea this is. I guess it’s a good bit better than including her social security numebr, but still… Your checks already list the name of your bank, their ABA routing number, and your account number. As far as I’m concerned, that’s a scary amount of information to be handing out every time you write a check. So why would you ever want to provide would-be identity thieves with even more information than that? That’s right, you wouldn’t. So next time you order checks, make sure you don’t have anything more than your name and address printed on them.
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