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Anti-Checkwashing Pen


What is Check Fraud and How Can You
Protect Yourself?

Uni-ballŪ 207™ is teaming up with Frank W. Abagnale, one of the most respected experts on identity theft and the person whose life is chronicled in the blockbuster movie "Catch Me If You Can," to help individuals protect themselves from a common form of check fraud.

An epidemic of something called "check washing" has given rise to numerous law enforcement task forces, including the FBI, Secret Service, U.S. Postal Service and local and federal authorities. According to the National Check Fraud Center, some $815 million is lost each year in the United States to this type of fraud.

Check washing is a process where checks are stolen from the mail or by other means and the ink is erased using common household products. The thieves will then rewrite the check payable to themselves, in the amount of their choosing.

Many uni-ball gel pens use inks that contain color pigments, which are absorbed in to a check’s paper fibers. When an individual tries to "wash" the information written on the check, the ink is in effect trapped.

Abagnale says prevention is the most effective strategy in counteracting check washing. He advocates using certain uni-ball gel pens to protect against this escalating check washing threat, singling out the uni-ballŪ 207™ as his favorite in deterring the act.

The Facts

  • The Nilson Report estimates check fraud losses to be about $20 billion annually.
  • The Federal Trade Commission reported nearly 9.9 million Americans have been victims of identity theft, costing consumers $5 billion and banks and businesses $48 billion each year.
  • The National Check Fraud Center estimates check washing, a specific type of check fraud, costs Americans $815 million each year. On average, it costs a victim $1,173 and 175 man-hours to get their credit report straightened out.

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Item #GBSG
Ink Colors Available:
Black Gel Pen
Blue Gel Pen
Red Gel Pen
Purple Gel Pen
Orange Gel Pen
Pink Gel Pen
Ink color matches trim color


*Price includes one-color imprint on barrel. Up to 4-color imprint available. Assortment of ink colors can be included on one order if using same imprint and artwork for all units. Minimum 50 units per color.  Total color must meet 200 units.
Made in Japan

Imprint Area
207 Gel Barrel
0.5" H x 1.375" W
(180 degrees from clip)
Imprint (One Color Included)
$30 for logo imprint
N/C for straight line copy
Price Per Additional Color
$0.08 each on barrel
Lead Time*
New Order = 5 / Repeat Order = 3
*Shipment time from approved artwork or proof sample in working days. Large quantity or multi-color orders may require longer lead times. Price per additional color applicable up to a 4-color imprint. Over 4 colors, please call for quote. Orders without production-ready art or requiring special design services are subject to an additional art charge. Exact color match $20 per color.
Made in Japan