When filling a check, I wrote the alphabetic value correctly. However, I wrote "dollars" at its end (while it itself has this word). Should I cross it out? Ignore it? Or rewrite the check?


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Ignore it. Having both a numeric and a written-out representation of the amount simply serves to confirm that the amount is correct, and to prevent tampering (e.g. recipient adds an extra 0 to the numeric amount, but the written amount says "One hundred" rather than "One thousand").

As long as it's clear what you meant it should be accepted.


The worst option would be crossing it out. Banks get understandably nervous when they see a check with things crossed out, and it would probably not be honored.

If the intent of the check is clear, ignore it; if not, rewrite it.

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