What is a USPS 6401 inquiry?

PS Form 6401, Money Order Inquiry is a form provided by the United States Postal Service (USPS). Submit this form if you want to know the status of your money order, for example, if you need to track whether it has been cashed, or lost and stolen. You can obtain, complete, and submit this form at a local post office.

How do you fill out a money order check?

Checking the status of a money order inquiry They will need to enter the money order serial number, Post Office number, and issued amount—all printed on the money order receipt—in order to obtain near real-time status information.

How do you fill out a money order from the post office?

Steps to fill out a money order

  1. Fill in the name of the recipient. Write the name of the recipient of the money order in the “pay to” or “pay to the order of” field.
  2. Include your address in the purchaser section.
  3. Write the account or order number in the memo field.
  4. Sign your name in the “purchaser’s signature” section.

Are there fake USPS money orders?

Now, the criminals use fake U.S. Postal Service Money Orders. A victim would not expect to find cash just sitting in a mailbox for no apparent reason, but that’s exactly what criminals want their targets to think when they send a letter asking a person to accomplish a simple task for cash.

What if a money order gets lost in the mail?

You cannot stop payment on postal money orders, but a lost or stolen money order can be replaced. Money order loss or theft may take up to 30 days to confirm. Investigating a money order’s lost or stolen status may take up to 60 days. There is a $6.95 processing fee to replace a lost or stolen money order.

How do you get your money back from a money order?

If the money order has been cashed, the issuer will not replace it or refund the purchase amount. Your best bet at that point is to request a copy of the signed, cashed money order from the location that cashed it. Contact local law enforcement and provide them with the copy so they can begin an investigation.

Do you have to put your name on a money order?

There are just three pieces of information you’ll be asked to provide to complete any money order: the recipient’s proper name, your address, and your name or signature. Money orders ask for your address so that the recipient can contact you if a problem occurs.

What is the purchaser’s address on a money order?

Whose address do you put on a money order? If you’re sending a money order, you’ll need to put your own address in the purchaser section. This section might be labeled “from,” “remitter” or “sender” rather than “purchaser.”

What does a real postal money order look like?

All U.S. Postal money orders have a multicolored thread located to the right of the Franklin watermark, running vertically. The thread weaves in and out of the paper, making it appear to be broken when viewed normally. Hold the money order up to the light and the thread should appear continuous.

How can I tell if a money order is good?

How to Check if Money Order is Fake

  1. The dollar amount is discolored. It may have been erased, indicating fraud.
  2. The dollar amount is not imprinted twice.
  3. The value of a domestic money order is larger than $1,000.
  4. The value for an international money order is larger than $700 (or $500 for El Salvador or Guyana).