Positive Pay

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Keep Fraud At Bay

Fraud is on the rise everywhere, and our business community is not immune from these threats. At First Columbia Bank, we partner with our business customers to help them understand security issues and mitigate fraud risks through best practices and the implementation of strong internal controls.

Positive Pay is a new service offered to business customers of First Columbia Bank that can significantly reduce exposure to check fraud and stop it before it occurs. Positive Pay services are among the strongest and most immediate controls available to detect and help prevent check fraud. This powerful automated check fraud tool helps you proactively identify unauthorized or counterfeit checks on a daily basis. Positive Pay works by comparing and verifying the checks you issue to the checks presented for payment against your account. Any check that does not match your issue file is flagged for review so your business can determine whether to pay or return the item. In addition to reducing incidents of fraud, our Positive Pay service saves time, reduces stress, and makes the reconciliation process more efficient.

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Here’s how Positive Pay works:

  1. Upload all issued checks from your register.
  2. Checks are automatically matched against Account Number, Check Number and Amount.
  3. Any unmatched items become exceptions.
  4. View exception items each morning before 11:00 a.m.
  5. Verify checks for legitimacy and pay or return items electronically.
  6. Voided items are reflected in our online banking system.

If your business writes checks to pay vendors or employees, then you are at risk for check fraud.
  • 71 percent of organizations were victims of payments fraud attacks/attempts in 2021.*
  • Paper checks are most often targeted by fraudsters and stealing mail has become more prevalent.
  • Technology makes is easier than ever for criminals to copy and alter checks—and harder to catch!

*2022 AFP® Payments Fraud and Control Survey

Interested in Positive Pay For Your Organization? 

To learn more about implementing Positive Pay for your organization, please contact our Business Solutions Team.

Tammy Taney
Assistant Vice President 
[email protected]
Angela Crossley
Vice President
[email protected]

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