One can never be too cautious when it comes to protecting your personal information. The people you think you know and trust are the very ones that will steal you blind as my mom would say.

Paying someone with a personal check can be extremely dangerous. When you pay someone with a personal check you are giving them all of your personal information, especially if your driver’s license, personal ID, social security number or tax ID is on your check. Yes there was a time when all of this information was on the face of personal checks.

Here’s an example of how paying some with a check can cost you more that the face value of the check. According Hoover police, a tax preparer noticed money was disappearing from his bank account. $8,714.28 was taken from his account without his permission between February 1 and November 29 in 2013.

It turns out one of his clients had been issued a rebate in the form of a check and that client opened numerous accounts using his personal information.

She was arrested and charged with one count of first-degree theft, two counts of second-degree theft and four counts of identity theft. I guess she wanted a bigger rebate.