A safety check
HERE’S A STARTLING FACT: More than 500
million checks are forged annually. Fortunately, sophisticated security features can be
built into checks to help consumers, businesses and banks avoid check fraud. Here’s a
look at the top safety features.
Microprint signature line. The signature
line appears as a solid line and contains
the words “AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE,” printed
in a small font that is legible when viewed
closely or with a magnifying glass. If scanned
or photocopied, the microprint text is not
legible and appears as a broken line.
Padlock icon. A padlock symbol is printed
on the check face to indicate that at least two
overt (easily seen) security features are present. The icon alerts check handlers and criminals that security features are present.
Security warning box. A warning box
printed on the back of the check indicates the
security features present and what happens
when a check is altered.
Original document. “ORIGINAL DOCUMENT” is printed in very light ink on the back
of the check so that it cannot be easily copied
Costco members can rest assured that
checks ordered through the Costco Check
Printing program have all of these safety
features and more. The program offers personal and business checks at savings of up to
50 percent over bank prices.
Ordering is easy. Just go to costco.com
and enter “Buy Checks” in the Search box.
Executive Members receive an additional 20
percent off their orders.—Tim Talevich
MORTGAGE & REFINANCING
• SAVE UP TO $1,500 AT CLOSING1
• LOWER RATES FOR COSTCO MEMBERS
• RECEIVE UP TO A $300 COSTCO CASH
CARD FROM LENDINGTREE2
COSTCO.COM AND TYPE
HOME LOAN IN THE SEARCH BOX
OR CALL 1-800-496-8733.
The mortgage and refinancing program is administered by Lending Tree, LLC. (formerly known as Lending Tree, Inc.), located at 11115 Rushmore Drive, Charlotte, NC 28277. Costco member benefits are only available through costco.com or by calling
1-800-496-8733. Must be a paid Costco member at the time of closing. All Lending Tree, LLC required licenses are held in the name of Lending Tree. Home loan programs are available in all states in which Costco operates except as follows: Mortgage and
Refinancing is not available in Alabama. LendingTree is a duly licensed real estate broker and mortgage broker as required. For a current list of applicable state licensing disclosures, see Costco.com or call 1-800-843-8434. LendingTree is required to disclose the
following licenses by state law: AZ Mortgage Broker License #MBBR-0102663; Licensed Real Estate Broker, CA Department of Real Estate, (916) 227-0931, License #01230150; CA Finance Lender; CT Mortgage Broker (not a CT Mortgage Lender); GA Residential
Mortgage Licensee; IL Residential Mortgage Licensee, License #5433; KS Licensed Mortgage Co., #99-827; Licensed Mortgage Lender, MD Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, License #4737; MA Licensed Mortgage Broker, License #MB1942;
MS Licensed Mortgage Co.; MO mortgage broker license 05-1261 with an office at 10805 Sunset Office Drive, Suite 312, St. Louis, MO 63127; Licensed by the New Hampshire Department of Banking; LT Technologies, in lieu of true name Lending Tree, Inc.,
Registered Mortgage Broker - NYS Banking Department; Licensed Mortgage Broker - NJ Department of Banking and Insurance; OH Mortgage Broker Registrations, MB 3006 & MB 3007, 37812 Second St., Willoughby, OH 44094; Licensed First Mortgage Broker,
PA Department of Banking (also licensed pursuant to PA Secondary Mortgage Loan Act); RI Licensed Broker; Licensed by the Virginia State Corporation Commission MB-1120. In California, this solicitation is made by Costco
Financial Services, Inc., which is licensed by the California Department of Real Estate (License #01235998). Costco and its affiliates do not negotiate, arrange or make loans.
1 Costco program savings based on historical comparison of rates, fees, and points for a $185,000 30-year fixed rate loan, comparing loans obtained by Costco members through Lending Tree from January 1, 2007 to November 30, 2007
to the national average provided in the Freddie Mac Primary Mortgage Market Survey (PMMS) for the same period. Individual savings may vary. Not available in all states.
2 Offer valid for current Costco members who fund a loan through the Lending Tree program. Costco Cash Cards are issued by Lending Tree 6-8 weeks after closing.