Are people receiving fake U.S. Treasury checks? The answer is, yes. Here are 6 ways to verify your refund check.
- Treasury Seal: It should say “Bureau of the Fiscal Service.”
- Bleeding Ink: When moisture is applied to the black seal to the right of the Statue of Liberty, it will "run" and turn red.
- Watermark: All U.S. Treasury checks are printed on watermark paper. The watermark reads “U.S. TREASURY,” and is seen from both front and back when held up to a light source.
- Ultraviolet Overprinting: A protective ultraviolet (UV) pattern is invisible to the naked eye, consisting of lines of “FMS” bracketed by the FMS seal on the left and the U.S. Seal (eagle) on the right. As of 2013, a new ultraviolet pattern was introduced into the check that says “FISCALSERVICE.” Either one of these UV patterns may be seen. For more information, visit: https://www.fiscal.treasury.gov/ (opens new window).
- Microprinting: Is located on the back of the check with the words “USAUSAUSA.”
IRS Stimulus Check Verification
- Economic Impact Payment: The Economic Impact Payment checks will have the following information located to the right side of the Statue of Liberty: “Economic Impact Payment President Donald J. Trump.”