Payment receipt as we have always said is an integral part of every transaction. It is the evidence of payment as most people would call it. Many times, we don’t even pay attention to checking out our receipt when they are issued to us to confirm if it is genuine or not.
There are so many internet frauds and different people have devised means to create fake receipt that looks exactly like the real ones. If one is not careful enough, one might be deceived to think that the fake is the real and before you know it, you have been scammed simply because you didn’t pay attention to the kind of receipt issued to you.
This post is meant to educate you on the important details you should pay close attention to on any receipt. If these details are not found, then you should double-confirm to check the authenticity of such a receipt.
There are a few clues that you should always look out for on a receipt that can provide a piece of concrete information about its genuineness.
You must know that it is very possible to create a fake receipt so much more that you won’t be able to differentiate them. There are many tools and software that have made this even easier other than the manual method that many people might be familiar with. So, on some rare occasions, it might require some considerable investigation to verify the originality of some receipt if it is highly needed or required of you.
How to Spot a Fake Receipt from Original.
First thing first, When you receive any receipt, it is very important that you check the source via which you printed it. For instance, a receipt printed from an Email should look different from the one generated from the store whether it was printed with a thermal or laser printer, the difference will be there. This is the most basic way to spot any fake receipt. Other useful things to look out for will be discussed below.
This is one thing you should always look out for in any receipt. Oftentimes, information on the fake receipt will always be wrong. For instance, a fake receipt might list the name of the business and its contact information incorrectly. More so, most of these organizations do have their own business code that appears on their receipt for any of their products, so if a receipt sent to your mail is fake, this information will surely be a pointer for you.
For more clarity, if the information has the address of the concerned store to be “123 Millan RoadWay” and the subject company does not have a listed store at this address, this is a red signal for a scam and you shouldn’t fall for such.
Texture and Appearance
When you touch a receipt, you can as well deduce its authenticity from how it feels when you see and touch it as well as how it looks.
Some mortar and brick stores and even online stores do have watermarks on all their receipt. Most of them even use a customized paper that cannot be forged by any other outsider, and when you see any receipt claiming to be from them without this watermark, you should clearly know that this is a warning signal for fake receipts.
Sometimes you will see inconsistencies in these receipts or see a slight difference between the original and the so-called fake. Hence it is sometimes advisable for you to always have a copy of the original receipt at hand so you can always compare and contrast them to look for the one with the wrong pattern. If a receipt is too crisp, this can be a sign that it is fake.
Limited detail is another issue. Some receipts are simply registered tape, with a timestamp and a listing of a number of items purchased at various prices. These are easy to fake with something like an adding machine, although a fraudulent receipt may list prices that do not exist or calculate sales tax incorrectly, and this can be a tip-off. Other receipts should offer more detail; a restaurant receipt, for example, will name the dish, while a clothing store usually lists SKU numbers on its receipts. The receipt may also include a return policy and contact information. If this information is absent, the document may be false.