COLUMBIA — The Columbia Special Business District has alerted its members that counterfeit American Express gift checks are circulating downtown.
According to a Special Business District e-mail sent Wednesday, counterfeit checks for as much as $500 have appeared downtown, but $100 is the largest amount issued by American Express. For banks and merchants, American Express has security precautions to help identify false checks. If you think you have received a counterfeit check call 1-800-525-7641 or go to www10.americanexpress.com/sif/cda/page/0,1641,28416,00.asp.
The Special Business District is a downtown-based organization that represents building owners and retailers.
The Missourian will update this story as more details become available.