This is what a real paper stimulation control looks like
Use the AARP calculator to determine if you qualify for financial aid. If you’re expecting a check, here are the security features:
1. Treasury Seal
The seal reads: “Tax Services Office”.
2. Ink that bleeds
The Treasury Seal, to the right of an image of the Statue of Liberty, has security ink flowing and turns red when moisture is applied to the seal’s black ink.
Micro-printed words are so small that they appear as a single line to the naked eye. But enlarged, the words become visible. Microprinting cannot be duplicated by a copier, and when a check is forged, it often appears as a solid line or series of dots. This US Treasury check has an area on the back where “USAUSAUSA” repeatedly appears in such small print.
All stimulus checks are printed on watermarked paper that reads “US TREASURY,” which can be seen from both the front and back of the check when held in front of a light. The watermark is clear and cannot be reproduced by a copier. Any check not bearing the watermark should be suspected of being forged or copied.
5. Ultraviolet overprint
A protective ultraviolet pattern, invisible to the naked eye, consisting of four lines repeating the words “TAX SERVICE” will be framed by the seal of the Tax Service Office on the left and the American seal – an eagle – on the right. This pattern can usually be found under the payee information and the dollar amount field. The pattern and the seals of the TAX SERVICE can be detected under a black light. If the amount box is changed in any way, a space will be created in the UV area. When exposed to black light, the ink used in the design and the seal will glow. This fluorescent quality cannot be photocopied.