"We're easy targets," said James Patneau Jr., a board member of the Ohio Petroleum Marketers & Convenience Store Association.
"We're an all-cash businesses.We have entry-level employees at the locations who are not as well trained to deal with these quick change [schemes]."
While banks and money service businesses often have security cameras, check verification systems and armed guards, many convenience stores and gas stations require just one form of identification, maybe a fingerprint, to cash a check.
That makes evidence gathering and prosecution difficult, further heightening their vulnerability."There is no record of [crooks] ever having been there, except for the checks themselves," Stokes said.
...Patneau of the OPMCA, who owns nine convenience stores and gas stations in Northeast Ohio, said he stopped accepting checks when too many bounced.
But for others, like Semaan's store, check cashing is a money-maker and an integral part of a business.
"We can't stop what we're doing.We got to keep doing it, but carefully," he
said.Check-cashing "brings people to the store."