Notice 174, Don’t Be the Victim of a Check Scam!


In collaboration with financial institutions, consumer advocacy groups, and certain businesses, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service formed the Alliance for Consumer Fraud Awareness in January 2007 to educate consumers about fake check scams targeting Americans from overseas.

In October 2007, the Alliance launched a consumer edu­cation campaign that included a series of television, print, and online advertisements. One print ad featured an early version of Notice 174, Don’t Be the Victim of a Check Scam! Just in time for National Consumer Protection Week, held this year from March 3 through 7, 2008, the notice is available from the Material Distribution Center (MDC) in Topeka, KS, through the touch-tone order entry (TTOE) system at 800-273-1509.

Note: You must be registered to use TTOE. To register, call 800-332-0317, option 1, extension 2925, and follow the prompts to leave a message. (Wait 48 hours after register­ing before placing your first order.)

Use the following information to order Notice 174:

PSIN: Notice 174
PSN: 7610-10-000-6227
Quick Pick Number: N/A
Unit of Issue: EA
Minimum Order Quantity: 1
Bulk Pack Quantity: 6,000
Price: $0.00
Edition Date: 11/07

Notice 174 will also be available online on the Postal Service™ PolicyNet Web site:

(The direct URL for the Postal Service PolicyNet Web site is

It will also available on the Postal Service Internet:

  • Go to
  • Click on About USPS & News, then Forms & Publica­tions, then Postal Periodicals and Publications, and then Notices.

For more information on the Alliance for Consumer Fraud Awareness, visit

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