Reserve Bank of India introduces Positive Pay mechanism

News: Reserve Bank of India(RBI) has introduced a Positive Pay mechanism to make cheque payments safer and reduce instances of frauds.

Facts:

  • What is Positive Pay Mechanism? It is a fraud detection tool adopted by banks to protect customers against forged, altered or counterfeit cheques.
  • How does it work? It cross verifies all details of the cheque issued before funds are encashed by the beneficiary. In case of a mismatch, the cheque is sent back to the issuer for examination.
  • Significance: By following such a system, a bank knows of a cheque being drawn by the customer even before it is deposited by the beneficiary into his/her account.
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