How to Avoid Someone Forging Your Signature

By Ann Yacono
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If you keep your money in a bank or own a credit card, the theft of your signature could lead to a forger cashing checks and buying merchandise in your name. The unique way you sign your name is one of the ways you can protect your signature from forgery. Take a few steps to ensure that your signature will be difficult to forge. This will safeguard your savings and identity.

Practice writing your unique signature repeatedly until it becomes automatic. A signature that's consistent each time is harder to forge than a signature that varies.

Enhance your signature by incorporating lines that cross each other several times. The more complicated your writing is, the harder it is to fake.

Sign checks or documents using the same pen each time. The best pen to use is one filled with black gel-based ink. Some forgers use a method of acid-washing the ink off checks and filling in a new amount and signature. Gel-based ink becomes embedded in the paper and therefore is impervious to acid-washing.

Hide blank checks in a locked box or desk drawer so that no one can steal them and forge your signature. Your checks have your name and address as well as your account number on them.

A shredder safely and securely disposes of signed checks and other documents.

Destroy any canceled checks or other documents containing your signature. Don't toss these items in the trash with other papers because someone could use them to copy your signature and steal your identity. Shred all signed papers to completely obliterate your signature.

About the Author

Ann Yacono has been editing scientific books and journal articles for more than 20 years. She writes and copy edits nonfiction articles on diverse topics. Yacono earned a B.A. and M.A. in English from Lehigh University and is a board-certified editor in the life sciences (ELS).