There are an increasing number of scams today where criminals use counterfeit financial instruments as part of the scheme. Postal Inspectors are making significant progress in combating fraud involving counterfeit checks, postal money orders, and non-postal money orders. Scammers use sophisticated software and printers to produce fake checks and money orders. The counterfeits we see lack security features, but many are close enough to look legitimate and fool unwitting consumers and bank personnel.
You can always tell if a postal money order is real. The telltale watermark of Benjamin Franklin, visible when held to the light, runs through the white oval on the left front side of the money order. Counterfeit ones can’t duplicate a watermark. Also a dark security thread with the letters USPS runs from the top to bottom of the money order. Verify those security features to make sure you don’t get scammed.
If you believe you’ve been scammed, report it at postalinspectors.uspis.gov or call us at 877-876-2455.