Bad "Cold" Checks

The passing of bad checks is a very serious problem in Hart County. That is why the Hart County Attorney’s Office has an enhanced program to assist in these efforts to curtail the practice of passing bad checks.


This program is available free of charge to any person or organization in Hart County. The program is designed to help reimburse local merchants for the losses they suffer from accepting bad checks. We are very pleased to have been able to return thousands of dollars to businesses participating in this program already.



 How to minimize Bad Checks:




1.Always ask to see the check writer's driver's license or state ID card. Always get official photo identification;

2.Compare signature on ID to signature on check and compare ID photo to the check writer;

3.Make sure you are the one who writes the DL #, date of birth, race and sex on the check, not the check writer;

4.Verify that the imprinted check address with the address on the ID;

5.Never accept a counter check.


•No Identification 


1.If they don’t have a driver's license or state ID card, you should not accept the check.

2.There is NO requirement for you to accept the check.

3.At worst, you lose a sale, but you do not lose merchandise and get stuck with a bad check.

•Keep Records

For your purposes, it is a good idea to keep copies of checks, forms, and any correspondence to and from the check writer. Once the check has been submitted to the Bad Check Program, it may be necessary to contact you for further information about the check and check writer.


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