The personal habits and characteristics of most amateur forgers and bad check passers are described in detail. Interviews with three convicted forgers provide additional advice about recognizing forgery and preventing losses. Two mnemonics are offered to aid tellers and new accounts personnel in identifying forgeries and false identification. Both emphasize the need to be alert to inconsistencies between identification card data (age, height, weight) and the actual appearance of the individual presenting the identification, between card and check signatures, and between check numbers and microcoding. Alterations to a check or identification card, faded backgrounds, and tampered lamination on identification cards are noted as additional indications of a possible forgery or counterfeit. The role of established bank policies and procedures in preventing losses is emphasized. An actual teller demonstrates good technique in dealing with fake identification, and tips for preserving evidence in forgery/fake identification cases are provided. Accompanied by training manual.