Certified Checks: Using Secure QR Codes to Prevent Fraud

  • Rajesh Soundararajan
  • Feb 21, 2023
  • 4 min read
Certified Checks: Using Secure QR Codes to Prevent Fraud

How Qryptal is Leading the Way in Secure and Efficient Payment Solutions

Certified checks are a valuable tool for secure payments. They offer the recipient protection and assurance that they are receiving payment from a legitimate source. Certified checks differ from regular checks because the bank certifies that the funds are available and earmarked for the check. It’s a type of “official” payment, one that provides the recipient with a source of guaranteed funds. Sometimes certified checks are confused with banker’s checks but there is a critical difference - the latter are drawn on the bank itself where the bank has actually taken the funds from the customer into an escrow account and issued a check against it.

In today’s world, where digital transactions are commonplace, secure QR codes can help in making certified checks tamper proof. By partnering with a secure QR code service provider like Qryptal, banks can easily implement an end-to-end solution for creating and verifying tamper-proof certified checks.

Creating a secure, digitally signed QR code for a certified check is simple. First, the bank needs to embed the encrypted QR code using a manual or automated generation process, which can be integrated with an API. Next, only authorized issuers can digitally sign the QR code with a private key, ensuring the code’s tamper-proof nature. The check is then issued with a secure, encrypted QR code.

The digitally signed, encrypted QR code on the certified check can be scanned by an approved validator app or web validation mechanism, which uses the corresponding public key to validate the information and present it to the verifier. The QR code can be easily verified anytime, anywhere on a verification website configured for each issuer or a mobile verifier app, with or without an internet connection.

The benefits of using secure QR codes for certified checks are twofold.

1. One of the most significant benefits is the prevention of check fraud especially in high-value transactions. Using secure QR codes makes it virtually impossible for fraudsters to create a fake check. This is because the digital signature of the authorized issuer is required to issue the certified check. Therefore, the check cannot be validated if the digital signature is absent.

2. Another significant benefit of using secure QR codes for certified checks is the ease of verification. Unlike traditional checks, where the verification process can be time-consuming and cumbersome, the verification process with a QR code is quick and efficient. This means the recipient can quickly verify the check’s authenticity before accepting it.

However, as with any financial transaction, caution must be exercised. Even if you expect to receive a certified check, you should be looking for fake verification websites or apps. Always go to the issuer bank website or issuing bank’s verification app. Since legit certified checks are guaranteed funds usually the customers are complacent. But it’s possible that even for a certified check, a scamster has created a fraudulent check, forged the signature, and forged the certification marks, in which case it becomes a forged or bad check. If you suspect that a check is fake, you shouldn’t attempt to cash or deposit it.

Certified checks with secure QR code

Check with Secure QR

At Qryptal, we are dedicated to providing innovative and effective mobile-enabled products and solutions to businesses of all sizes. Our solutions are designed to meet the needs of today’s digital world, and we are committed to helping our customers secure and protect their critical data and documents. Large enterprises, SMEs, and even governments use our secure QR code solution to secure transactions.

To summarise, certified checks are one of the tools for secure & guaranteed payments. Using secure QR codes is an innovative way to improve the security and ease of verification of certified checks. By partnering with a secure QR code service provider like Qryptal, banks can offer their customers the benefits of certified checks with the added security of secure QR codes. With the help of Qryptal, banks can rest assured that their certified checks are tamper-proof, and their customers can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with guaranteed funds.

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