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If you think someone might have given you a fake check, examine the edges of the check to make sure one of them is perforated. If all the edges are smooth, it’s more likely to be fake. A real check should also have a clearly printed bank logo on the front and a check number in the top right corner. Next, check the MICR line printed the bottom of the check. That’s where the bank’s routing number appears. On a real check, the ink used to print this line should be smooth and matte, not raised and shiny. Additionally, most legitimate checks are printed on sturdy matte paper. If the paper is shiny, thin, or flimsy, the check may be fake. Finally, examine the text on the check. If you notice spelling errors in the printed text or signs that any text has been added or erased, it’s possible that the check is fake or has been tampered with. For help avoiding common check scams, scroll down!