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I saw a thing about this pen on the show "I want that". The pen is called the Uni-ball 207. I got a 4 pack at walmart for $5 something.

There's now a reason to question the old adage "the check is in the mail."  Before individuals put their holiday gift checks in the mail this year or simply pay the bills, Frank Abagnale, subject of the blockbuster movie "Catch Me If You Can," well-known identity theft expert and FBI consultant, is teaming up with uni-ball 207™ gel pens to help protect gift givers against an everyday form of check fraud called "check washing."

Check washing is a process where checks are stolen from the mail or by other means and the ink is erased, often using common household products.  The thief will then rewrite the check payable to himself or herself, in the amount of their choosing.  According to the National Check Fraud Center, check washing costs individuals in the United States an estimated $815 million annually.

"The best way to protect against fraud is using common sense," says Abagnale, who has dedicated over 25 years lecturing and consulting on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents.  "The devil is in the details, all the way down to the uni-ball 207 gel pen you use.  This pen is your best frontline defense."

Many uni-ball gel pens, such as the uni-ball 207, use specially formulated inks that contain color pigments.  The ink's color pigments are absorbed into the check's paper fibers.  When an individual tries to "wash" the information written on the check, the ink is in effect "trapped."

Abagnale, who recently wrote a book called "The Real U - Guide to Identity Theft" on securing your personal information, suggests the following for protecting against check washing for the holidays, as well as year-round:

    *Wrap It Up - When giving monetary gifts, avoid placing checks in the mail.  If unavoidable, make sure the check is wrapped with a sheet of paper or in a card, making the check less likely to be viewed outside of the envelope.
     
    *Be Secure- Never leave mail in an unsecured mailbox, such as "curb-side" in front of a residence.  Instead, drop your outgoing mail at a post office or locked postal boxes.  Abagnale says approximately 99 percent of all checks that are washed are stolen out of home mailboxes.
     
    * Beware Of Too Much Stuffing - If public mailboxes are nearly full, find another secure box to drop your mail in.  Thieves prey on mailboxes that fill up during the weekend - access is easy.
       
    *Leave A Lasting Mark - Use a black uni-ball 207 gel pen when signing checks.  These black inks are typically bolder.

"It's a pleasure to be working with Mr. Abagnale to provide a basic resource for check fraud prevention advice," says Rory Leyden, president of Sanford North America, who manages uni-ball pens.  "The problem is real and together we can help individuals feel safer about the checks they're writing."

Uni-ball 207 gel pens come in black, blue and red ink and are available in 1-, 2-, 3- and 4-pack options at the suggested retail prices of $2.29, $4.69, $6.89 and $8.85, respectively.  Uni-ball pens can be found throughout the U.S. in office product superstores, grocery stores, drug stores, as well as almost anywhere writing instruments are sold.

For more information about defending against check washing and other forms of identity theft, individuals can go to www.uniball-na.com.[/B]
 
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