The High Cost of a Bad Check

By: Morgan Hamilton

While a single bad check may not be too much of a problem, a number of them can cause havoc on your budget. You have to pay a bank fee which can range from twenty to thirty dollars or more. You may also have to pay the same price to the person or store for the inconvenience you have caused.

If your bad checks pile up, your bank account will quickly go into negative numbers and your bank may ultimately decide that you are a huge risk and close your account completely.

Opening a new account will not be possible unless you repay the balance of your previous account and your bouncing check will recorded on ChexSystems alerting other banks of your infractions

Your problems can also worsen if establishments resort to legal action to retrieve their money. You may receive a call from companies that specialize in recovering bad checks, reminding you to resolve the problems with their clients as soon as possible. Bad checks will not affect only your finical situation; your reputation can also be destroyed as well. Banks will be reluctant to do any business with you and it will also diminish of job opportunities that will be available to you.

Try to avoid writing bad checks as much as you can. The problems that plague you after writing one can plague you for a long time. If an accident does happen, try to work out the problem as quickly as you can. Your future and reputation are at stake so always keep an eye out to keep your financial situation healthy.

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