Writing a check to "Cash" is one way to get cash from your checking account. However, this approach is risky in that anyone can endorse the back of the check and cash it in at a bank. If you do want to write a check to "Cash," it is generally best to fill it out at the bank to avoid losing it.
Other Check-Cashing Option
To avoid the risk of writing a check to "cash," you can simply make the check out to yourself. Write your name in the "Pay to the Order Of" section of the check. This step removes the potential that someone else comes across the check and is able to cash it.
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