District warns of counterfeit American Express checks

Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | 5:23 p.m. CDT; updated 2:16 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 21, 2008

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,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.

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