There is a range of prevention measures in place at both bank and industry level to tackle cheque fraud. They include:
- A specialist police fraud squad sponsored by the industry– the Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit - to target the organised gangs behind payment fraud, including cheque fraud.
- A focus on identifying lost or fraudulent cheques as they pass through the clearing system. £9.50 in every £10 of attempted cheque fraud is stopped before a loss occurs.
- The Cheque Printer Accreditation Scheme (CPAS) which helps combat fraud by requiring that all bank customer chequebooks are printed to the highest security standards. All cheque printing companies must be accredited to this Scheme. Security features on cheques are particularly effective in combating both counterfeit and fraudulently altered cheques. CPAS is managed by the C&CCC.