I'm on a family emergency in Tilburg, Netherlands, and I received a check from the US treasury for my social security disability payment back home in the States. I have a savings account with no access.

Can I electronically deposit the check anywhere? I need the funds while here, so I want to find out how I can cash it.

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    Do you have the check in your possession now, or is it still in the States?
    – Ben Miller
    Jun 13, 2016 at 18:37
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    Several retail banks have smartphone apps that allow deposit of a check photograph. See if any institutions you have accounts happen to offer this service.
    – user662852
    Jun 13, 2016 at 19:16

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Obviously, you need access to the physical check, either you or someone you trust must have it in his hands.

Most major banks now have cellphone deposit apps, that allows you to submit it from wherever you are; if you have trusted person, he/she can deposit in your absence with the app and your bank login (take trusted serious here!).

What I did in a similar situation, I had my 'trusted person' fake my signature, and send my pictures of front and back of the check in an email (with some space around them). Then I (being in Europe) used the app, logged in, and photographed those pictures (you'd need a second device that displays the email attachment!) as if they were a check.

Note that faking the signature will pass, as long as you don't complain to the bank; they do not compare the signatures unless there is an inquiry.

Note: That might still be technically considered 'fraud' or 'check fraud' - I am not a lawyer. I am saying it works, and nobody is cheated, so I did it. You are on your own.

If this is an alternative, you can deposit the paper check (if you have it) into a bank in Europe (your account or a friends, if you are physically there with him). This will take time, however, several days to clear, expect 7 - 10 days.

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