Published: | Updated: March 31, 2018

Definition - What does Forgery mean?

Forgery is the criminal act of altering or imitating a document, check, or other negotiable instruments, or the use of a signature without authority from whose signature it purports to be, with the intent to defraud or deceive another.

In terms of insurance, forgery is a risk covered by a forgery or alteration insurance as well as an employee dishonesty insurance policy.

Insuranceopedia explains Forgery

Common instances of forgery include the drawing of a check or making of a note in one’s name, payable to a fictitious person; drawing of checks or making of notes executed with forged endorsements; and unauthorized altering of the amount in a check or note.

Forgery is a crime that could bring about millions of dollars in losses to a company. A business owner may purchase a forgery or alteration insurance or an employee dishonesty insurance to protect their company. The insurer agrees to compensate the company or a third party who has become a victim as a result of the criminal act.

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