This letter is in response to the What's Up? question (March 29 Roundup).
The question was "There's an ad in your paper from Quality Plus that talks about how to rip people off with their checks. Why is this allowed?"
The answer was "Quality Plus sells office supplies and equipment. In this particular ad, they discuss a type of ink that prevents check forgery and fraud. The ad describes how the forgery is carried out -- and then Quality Plus says they sell the pen that prevents this type of crime. According to Roundup advertising manager Julie Haught, the staff adheres to a strict ethics code. "We screen all ads before they're submitted," Haught said, "and that covers anything that would be illegal."
We gave our Roundup sales representative an article from an AARP newsletter to put together an ad for us. The AARP article was edited by the Roundup staff and approved by us to run in the space allowed.
The article was taken from information provided by Frank W. Abagnale Jr., the check forger and identity thief depicted by Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie "Catch Me If You Can." He now consults law enforcement and corporations on the art of stealing.
This information has been heavily reported not only to the many AARP subscribers, but also on TV news and newspapers around the country. We feel this information is pertinent in today's world. If you could stop a "rip off" by thieves by just using a certain type of pen it is certainly newsworthy and worthy of being repeated.
Gary and Rosemary Reed, Owners of Quality Plus