Local Business Alert

Last Updated on Sep 6, 2017 at 8:46am | Garrett County Economic Development

Garrett County State's Attorney, Lisa Thayer Welch, urges you and your employees to use caution when accepting checks on accounts of "Bluebird by American Express." The check contains a pre-authorization code and a telephone number to call to confirm that it is a legitimate code.
 
Please take the time to make the call. Bluebird accounts are not bank accounts. They operate similar to a pre-paid credit/debit card. However, a pre-paid card is declined if there are insufficient funds. This protection doesn't exist for the checks. Local businesses have accepted these checks from people who have just written in a code that was not one authorized by American Express.