Next time you are investing in mutual funds, make sure you issue a cheque from your own bank account, as fund houses will soon start rejecting third-party payments. The move is part of efforts to check fraudulent activities by mutual fund agents and distributors, some of whom have been found to be collecting cheques from investors and depositing them for investments in their own names.

After receiving several such complaints against agents and distributors, fund houses have decided not to accept third-party cheques for mutual fund investments with effect from November 15.

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