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This is a Quick Reference Guide to missing, stolen, fictitious, and altered official checks, cashier's checks, money orders, and similar items. The data is organized alphabetically by name of institution and reflects alerts issued since 2001. To see alerts in chronological order, click here.

1st - A   |    B   |    C   |    D - E   |    F   |    G - H   |    I - J   |    K - L   |    M   |    N   |    O

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> Information concerning these items also may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 - 17th Street, NW, Room F-6012, Washington, DC 20429. Information also may be transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov.
Institution Name Type of Item
Date of Alert
Details
1st American State Bank of Minnesota,
Hancock, MN

Contact:
Warren J. Smith
Telephone: (320) 392-5278
Fax: (320) 392-5330

Counterfeit Checks


SA-3-2009
January 5, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 091001322, which is assigned to United Banker's Bank, Bloomington, Minnesota. There are two different versions of counterfeit items. The first version displays the Statue of Liberty on the right half of the check. The bank's name is shown as "1st American State Bank of Minne" above a mailing address in the top-left corner. The name "United Bankers Bank" and an address are shown to the right of the torch. The second version shows the bank's name as "1st American State Bank of Minnesot" and a mailing address in the top-left corner. "United Bankers Bank" and its mailing address are shown above the "Memo" line in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks display the routing number 091205102 and are referred to as BANK MONEY ORDERS, which is printed in the top-center area. The bank's name is displayed beneath "BANK MONEY ORDER" in the top-center portion of the check.
1st Bank & Trust,
Sioux Falls, SD

Contact:
Shayn Damm
Telephone: (605) 978-9323
Fax: (605) 978-9327

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-33-2010
March 22, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 091400606, which is assigned to First Bank & Trust. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and are blue in color. A security feature statement is centered within the top and bottom borders. Authentic cashier's checks are light green with a weave-patterned background and ornate borders. A security feature statement is centered below the top border.
1st Bank Yuma,
Yuma, AZ

Contact:
John J. Marino
Telephone: (928) 783-3334
Fax: (928) 344-2132

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-170-2007
July 2, 2007
The counterfeit items are associated with a lottery scam and included with correspondence from "Heritage Lottery Fund, 28 Vincent Close, Westminster, London, SW1 0BT, United Kingdom." The counterfeit items display the routing number 122105906, which is assigned to 1st Bank Yuma, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" inside a rectangle in the top center. The bank's name is printed twice in the upper-left corner. The following security statement is embedded within the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A GRADUATED BACKGROUND, DARK TO LIGHT. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The date and dollar amount are displayed inside of rectangles on the right side. "DRAWER:" appears in the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. The word "REMITTER" is printed below the bank's logo, name and address in the upper-left corner. The following security statement is embedded within the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. THE BACK CONTAINS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK- HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW."
1st Constitution Bank,
Cranbury, New Jersey

Contact:
Charles Caruso
Telephone: (609) 655-4500
Fax: (609) 655-5653

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-154-2006
May 25, 2006
The counterfeit items include the routing number 211170295, which is not assigned to 1st Constitution Bank. Counterfeit items display the bank's logo consisting of a large "1st" directly to the left of the words "Constitution Bank" in the top-left corner of the item. Below the logo are the words "CASHIER'S CHECK." The bank's name (with the 1st spelled out as "First"), city and state and a toll-free telephone number not associated with the bank are printed in the top-center portion of the counterfeit items.

Authentic checks display the words "TREASURER'S CHECK" in the bottom-left portion of the check. Authentic checks include the bank's name, address, city, state and zip code in the top-center portion. Authentic checks display the following security statement below the top border: "WHEN HELD TO LIGHT, IF CIRCULAR WATERMARKS ARE NOT PRESENT, DO NOT CASH. SEE BACK FOR ADDITIONAL SECURITY FEATURES." In addition, a notice regarding the purchase of a surety bond is in the top-left corner.
1st Constitution Bank,
Cranbury, New Jersey

Contact:
Charles Caruso
Telephone: (609) 655-4500
Fax: (609) 655-5653
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-17-2006
January 25, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 021207154, which is assigned to 1st Constitution Bank. The counterfeit items are referred to as "Cashier's Checks"; authentic checks are referred to as "Treasurer's Checks."

The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks in layout. The counterfeit items display a logo in the upper-left corner, and an address and a telephone number (which is not associated with the bank) in the bottom-left corner. No security or surety bond wording is displayed on the item's face.

Authentic checks display the logo in the top center of the check, with the bank's address directly beneath. The checks display security wording across the top of the check and surety bond wording in the upper-left corner.
1st Equity Bank,
Buffalo Grove, IL

Contact:
Sabina Filipovic
Telephone: (847) 253-5200
Fax: (847) 253-6601
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-92-2010
June 22, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071926333, which is assigned to 1st Equity Bank Northwest. The items have ornate borders and display the bank's name and location near the top-left corner. The words "DATE" and "Remitter" appear near the top-right corner. A padlock security icon appears on the right side of the items, below the written amount line. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear below the written amount line on the left side of the items. One signature line appears in the lower-right corner. Authentic cashier's checks display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border. The bank's name, location and icon are displayed in the top center. The word "REMITTER" appears near the top-left corner. Two microprint signature lines appear in the lower-right corner with the statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED ON CHECKS OVER $1000.00." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the lower-right corner along with a restrictive feature statement.
1st Equity Bank,
Skokie, IL

Contact:
Toni Glen
Telephone: (847) 676-9200
Fax: (847) 676-9201
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-129-2009
August 13, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071925693, which is assigned to 1st Equity Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The items are light blue and incorrectly display the bank's name as "FIRST EQUITY BANK"; the correct name is "1st Equity Bank." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are top-centered. An unassociated logo, incorrect bank name, location and a toll-free number, not associated with the bank, are shown in the top-left corner. The items have one authorized signature line with the restrictive statement "VOID AFTER 90 DAYS" appearing below the line.

Authentic cashier's checks are light green and display a security feature statement inside a darkened top border. The restrictive statement "CHECK VALID FOR 180 DAYS FROM DATE OF ISSUE" is displayed in the lower-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the lower-left corner. The bank's name (1st Equity Bank), location, and telephone and fax numbers are centered in the top portion. The checks have two signature lines with "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" and "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED ON CHECKS OVER $1000.00" tiered below the first line.
1st Financial Bank USA
Dakota Dunes, South Dakota

Contact:
F. Mark Kennedy
Phone: (605) 232-6753
Fax: (605) 232-6747

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-211-2007
August 7, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 091404466, which is assigned to 1st Financial Bank USA, but are dissimilar to authentic items. The counterfeit items display the following security description embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The address "Main St Dupree, SD 57623" is displayed in the top-center area below the name "1St Financial Bank Usa." Two versions of authentic checks are issued by the bank:

Version 1 is printed on blue marbled check stock with the following security description embedded in the top border: "SECURITY WARNING: THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT FEATURES A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINT BORDERS - THE REVERSE SIDE FEATURES ARTIFICIAL WATERMARKS." Authentic checks have a microprinted border that says "DOCUGARD."

Version 2 is printed on blue and pink check stock with the following statement printed in the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER." A padlock symbol and a security notice are embedded vertically in the right border. The statement "THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK - HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW" is embedded in the bottom border. This version has microprinted borders that read "PIRACLE."
1st Financial Bank USA
Dakota Dunes, South Dakota

Contact:
F. Mark Kennedy
Phone: (605) 232-6753
Fax: (605) 232-6747

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-60-2006
March 17, 2006
The fraudulent items display the routing number 091404466, which is assigned to 1st Financial Bank USA. 1st Financial Bank USA does not issue cashier's checks and the items are not similar to any authentic bank instrument in appearance.

The fraudulent items bear the bank's name in the top-left corner and the words "CASHIERS CHECK" are located in the top-center of the item. In the lower-left corner are the bank's name, with the "1st" spelled out as "First"; an address; and a telephone number not associated with the bank. Printed in the top border is the following: "THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS SECURITY FEATURES-MICRO PRINTING-HIDDEN VOID PANTOGRAPH PRINTED ON SECURITY PAPER WITH INVISIBLE FIBERS AND CHEMICAL REACTANTS." The fraudulent items are printed on light blue paper.
1st Manatee Bank
Parrish, FL

Contact:
Brian M. Watterson
Phone: (941) 776-5040, extension 310
Fax: (941) 776-9191

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-23-2010/a>
March 1, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 063116339, which is assigned to 1st Manatee Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, "Parrish" is misspelled on the counterfeit items. Authentic checks have security feature statements embedded in darkened top and bottom borders. A microprint signature line appears in the lower-right corner.
1st Mariner Bank
Baltimore, Maryland

Contact:
Mr. Jim Heim
Telephone: (410) 342-2600
Fax: (410) 563-4158

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-12-2004
February 23, 2004
The authentic checks are issued by Travelers Express Company, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, and display the routing number of the Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio, on which they are drawn. The counterfeit checks are similar to the authentic official checks and include the same routing number; however, the authentic official checks have a watermark printed on the back.
1st National Bank & Trust
Bradenton, Florida

Contact:
Ms. Sherri Manring
Telephone: (941) 746-4964, ext 305
FAX: (941) 748-8126
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-35-2003
July 3, 2003
The counterfeit items display the bank's routing number of 063112621 and appear to be almost exact duplicates of authentic checks. Most of these counterfeit items have been presented to individuals as part of fraudulent activity involving contracting for the purchase of items via the Internet, followed by an attempt to entice those individuals into wiring "excess funds" from counterfeit checks to a third party.
1st Security Bank of South Florida
Homestead, FL

Contact: Elaine Berryman
Telephone: (305) 247-5541
Fax: (305) 248-1090

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-29-2010
March 8, 2010
1st National Bank of South Florida does not issue official checks; however, it does issue cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the routing number 063106705, which is assigned to First National Bank, Wauchula, Florida. The counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and have scrolled borders on the top and sides. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are top-centered inside a rectangle with security feature statements on each side. A restrictive amount statement is displayed above two signature lines. Authentic cashier's checks display the routing number 067005145, which is assigned to 1st National Bank of South Florida. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border. A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" statement is in the top-center area, and the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are in the lower-left corner.
1st Security Bank of Washington
Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Contact: Jean Collins
Telephone: (800) 683-0973, Extension 3202
Fax: (425) 771-1642

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-194-2006
July 14, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 325182289, which is assigned to 1st Security Bank of Washington, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items include a Lynnwood, Washington, address and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, in the upper-left corner. The words "FDIC INSURED" and "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. The statement "THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS SECURITY FEATURES - SEE REVERSE" is embedded in the top border. A square gold hologram appears next to the two signature lines in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks display the bank's name in the upper-left corner, followed by four lines that include "Mountlake Terrance Office, P.O. Box 97000, Lynwood, WA 98046-9700, (800) 683-0973." Authentic checks bear the routing number 125000574, which is assigned to Key Bank. The words "KEY BANK, LYNNWOOD OFFICE" are printed on two lines in the top-right corner. Authentic checks have one authorized signature line in the lower-right corner below the words "VOID AFTER 90 DAYS" and the bank's name.
1st Security Bank of Washington
Mountlake Terrace, Washington

Contact:
1st Security Bank of Washington
Client Services Department
Telephone: (800) 683-0973
Fax: (425) 771-1642
or
Jean Collins Telephone: (800) 683-0973, Extension 3202

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-108-2006
April 14, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 325182289, which is assigned to 1st Security Bank of Washington. However, authentic checks are issued through Key Bank National Association, Cleveland, Ohio, and display the routing number 125000574, which is assigned to Key Bank National Association.

The counterfeit items are dissimilar in appearance to authentic checks. The counterfeit items bear the bank's name and logo in the upper-left corner above a Lynnwood, Washington, street address and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. The words "FDIC INSURED" and "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. Printed in the top border is the following statement: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The counterfeit items are printed on blue and white office supply stock paper and have two authorized signature lines in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks display the bank's logo and name followed by two office locations and the bank's toll-free telephone number – (800) 683-0973 – in the upper-left portion of the check. "KEY BANK LYNNWOOD OFFICE" appears in the top-right corner of the check. One authorized signature line is displayed in the lower-right corner.
1st United Bank
Faribault, MN

Contact:
Check Processing Department
Phone: (507) 334-2201

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-64-2010
May 24, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 291971320, which is assigned to 1st United Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons. Authentic cashier's checks have ornate borders on all sides with a security padlock icon embedded within the right border.
1st United Bank
Boca Raton, Florida

Contact:
Christine F. Cowan
Phone: (561) 842-2856
Fax: (561) 840-9663
Cell Phone: (561) 512-2512

Fraudulent Money Orders


SA-162-2006
June 6, 2006
The fraudulent items display the routing number 022000868, which is not associated with 1st United Bank. Additionally, 1st United Bank does not issue money orders. A telephone number, not associated with the bank, is printed in the upper-left corner of the item below the bank's logo, name and address. "Money Order" is printed in the top center and "Cheque No." appears in the upper-right corner of the fraudulent items.
A. J. Smith Federal Savings Bank,
Midlothian, IL

Contact:
Pamela Favero
Phone: (708) 237-8127
Fax: (708) 687-7477

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-169-2009
September 30, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 271970448, which is assigned to A. J. Smith Federal Savings Bank. The items have ornate top and bottom borders with security feature statements embedded in them. Authentic checks have a green marbled background. A security feature statement is displayed at the top of the check above the words "OFFICIAL CHECK."
Acacia Federal Savings Bank
Falls Church, VA

Contact:
Arrietta Wagner
Phone: (800) 950-0270, extension 73584
Fax: (703) 506-8162

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-161-2007
June 28, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 256073328, which is assigned to Acacia Federal Savings Bank. A logo that includes the bank's name and address is displayed in the top center. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are in the top-left corner. Counterfeit items have pre- printed lines for "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" and the written dollar amount and one signature line in the lower-right corner. Authentic checks have the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center, while the bank's logo, name and address are in the top-left corner. Authentic checks have two signature lines in the lower-right corner.
Access 1st Capital Bank,
Denton, TX

Contact:
Jonathan Rapier
Phone: (940) 382-3962, extension 133
Fax: (940) 297-6322

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-201-2009
December 10, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111925744, which is assigned to Access 1st Capital Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded within a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The bank's name, logo and location appear in the top-left corner. The words "CHECK NO." appear in the top-right corner. The words "Banking Center" appear above the "Pay To the Order of" line. Authentic checks have green borders and display the words "CASHIERS CHECK" in a green box at the top center. A security feature statement appears below the payee line. The bank's name, logo, location, telephone number and Web site appear in the lower-left corner next to a "NOTICE TO THE CUSTOMER" statement.
Ackley State Bank
Ackley, IA

Contact:
Kent Stensland
Telephone: (641) 847-2651
Fax: (641) 847-2011

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-287-2007
November 15, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 263179914, which is assigned to Country Federal Credit Union, Maclenny, Florida. The counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display a "NOTICE TO MEMBERS" and the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center area. The bank's logo, name and address are printed in the top-left corner. The word "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner. The statements "VOID AFTER 90 DAYS" and "NOT VALID OVER $50,000.00" are printed in the bottom center. A box that contains the numerical dollar amount and one "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" line are printed on the right side.

Authentic checks display the routing number 073905352, which is assigned to Ackley State Bank, Ackley, Iowa. A security feature statement is printed below the written dollar amount line. A padlock and security statement are shown to the right of the word "DOLLARS" at the end of the written dollar amount line. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed near the lower- left corner. The bank's name, logo, location, telephone number and the statement "Serving Ackley, Geneva, & Iowa Falls & Story City" appear in the top center. The word "REMITTER" is in the top-left corner. "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED" appears above two signature lines. Printed above each line is "AN AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE."
Adams Co-operative Bank
Adams, Massachusetts

Contact:
Allyn F. Basel
Telephone: (413) 743-0001
Fax: (413) 743-7645

Counterfeit Checks


SA-160-2006
June 02, 2006
The counterfeit items include the routing number 211873686, which is assigned to Adams Co-operative Bank, but are dissimilar to the bank's authentic treasurer's checks. The counterfeit items are basic in design and layout, displaying the bank's name and a location in the top-center portion of the item.

Authentic checks display a logo in the top-left corner with "ADAMS CO-OPERATIVE BANK" printed to the right of the logo. The words "Treasurer's Check" are centered in the top portion below the bank's name. Authentic checks display two signature lines in the lower-right corner and the statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED FOR AMOUNTS GREATER THAN $10,000.00" in the middle portion of the check.
The Adirondack Trust Company, Saratoga Springs, New York

Contact:
John J. Boyd
Phone: (518) 584-5844
Fax: (518) 584-1107

Counterfeit Treasurer's Checks


SA-22-2007
January 8, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 021302884, which is assigned to The Adirondack Trust Company. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks in appearance and are shaded light pink on the left side with the color changing to light gray on the right side. The items have scrolled borders on the right and left sides, and the following notation appears below the signature line: "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS KNIGHT AND FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING."

Authentic checks have a light green background and scrolled borders on the right, left and bottom sides. The following message is embedded in the top border: "THIS CHECK HAS A VOID FEATURE PANTOGRAPH & FACSIMILE WATERMARK ON BACK FOR SECURITY FEATURES."
Advance Bank,
Baltimore, MD

Contact:
Calaway M. Braxton
Phone: (410) 358-1700, extension 213
Fax: (410) 358-8990

Counterfeit Teller Checks


SA-136-2008
June 27, 2008
The counterfeit items are very similar in format to authentic teller checks; however, they display the routing number 051404642, which is assigned to Bank of Southside Virginia, Carson, Virginia. Authentic teller checks display the routing number 052000113, which is assigned to M&T Bank, Baltimore, Maryland. Advance Bank issues its teller checks through an account at M&T Bank. On authentic checks, the check number and logo (initials "AB") are red. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.
Advanta Bank Corporation,
Draper, UT

Contact:
Chris J. Callister
Phone: (801) 619-7453
Fax: (877) 584-0481

Counterfeit Checks


SA-21-2010
March 1, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 124384848, which is assigned Advanta Bank Corporation. The items have a security feature statement embedded in a top border with rounded corners. The words "CHECK NO." are displayed in the top-right corner. A box for the numeric dollar amount appears on the right side. The statement "VOID AFTER 60 DAYS FROM CHECK DATE" appears in the lower-left corner. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" are in the lower-right corner. Authentic checks have security feature statements embedded in the top border between darkened squares (one in each corner and one in the center). The bank's name ("Advanta Bank Corp") appears in the top-center area. A padlock security icon is embedded in the right border.
Advanta Bank,
Wilmington, DE

Contact:
Terri Gavin
Phone: (302) 529-6537
Fax: (302) 529-6591

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-118-2008
May 30, 2008
The items are reportedly associated with a secret shopper scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 031100212, which is assigned to Advanta Bank. The counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic checks. They display the bank's address ("One Right Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19803") and a telephone number ("1 (888) 811-1027"), which is not associated with the bank, below the bank's name in the top-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are centered below the top border. Two signature lines with the words "BY AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" below each appear in the lower-right corner. The word "REMITTER" is shown in the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks are blue and, when copied, display the words "UNAUTHORIZED COPY" as background. The bank's name and "MEMBER FDIC" appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name also appears in the top-right area along with "Wilmington, DE 19850." A box containing the numeric dollar amount and a single signature line appear on the right side. A "MEMO" line appears in the lower-left corner.
The Advantage Bank, Cambridge, OH

Contact:
Jan Miller
Phone: (740) 435-1368
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-8-2009
January 5, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 044172282, which is assigned to Advantage Bank. The items are labeled as "CASHIER'S CHECKS" and display the bank's name and address in the top-left corner. They have security feature statements embedded in the top border and along the bottom between two padlocks. The date, check number and amount appear in the top right. Authentic checks display the routing number 044015543, which is assigned to Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio. Advantage Bank issues its checks through Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, using a payable-through account at Huntington National Bank. Authentic checks display the bank's logo in the top center and include a security statement just below the top border.
The Advantage Bank, Loveland, CO

Contact:
Arlona Dietz
Phone: (970) 622-7142
Fax: (970) 593-1193

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-61-2008
March 26, 2008
The items are reportedly associated with a "Mystery Customer" employment scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 107006787, which is assigned to Advantage Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the following security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The statement "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" is centered along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and an indemnity bond statement are in the top center. The bank's logo and name appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name is repeated along with "Payable Through Advantage Bank, Loveland, Colorado" and "For Inquires Call (800) 963-2585" in the top-left corner. Note that the telephone number is not associated with the bank. The word "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks are gray with a small black-speckled background. A foil accent band appears across the top, and a padlock icon and a vertical security statement are shown along the right side. The following security feature statement is centered below the written dollar amount line: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND, FOIL ACCENT AND A BACKSIDE AUTHENTIC WATERMARK; ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the lower-left corner. The bank's logo, name, address and telephone number, "(970) 613-1982," and the words "step out of line" are in the top-center area. The statement "VOID AFTER 6 MONTHS FROM DATE OF ISSUE" appears in the top-left corner, and "REMITTER" appears below the statement. "2 SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $25,000.00" appears above two signature lines in the lower-right corner.
Affinity Bank of Pennsylvania,
Wyomissing, PA

Contact:
Karen M. McCullough
Telephone: (610) 898-7700
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-2006-2007
August 6, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 031318758, which is assigned to Affinity Bank of Pennsylvania. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display the following security feature statements within a darkened top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed inside a rectangle in the top center. The word "DATE" and the numerical dollar amount are both inside of rectangles on the right side. The word "DRAWER" is printed in the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks display the word's "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner above an indemnity bond statement. A security padlock icon and a vertical security statement are incorporated within the right border. The bank's name is repeated below the numerical dollar amount on the right side.
Air Academy Federal Credit Union, Colorado Springs, CO

Contact:
Carolyn L. Marsala
Telephone: (800) 223-1983, extension 1044
Fax: (719) 535-8782
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-122-2010
August 27, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 092005411, which is assigned to First Interstate Bank, Helena, Montana. Air Academy Federal Credit Union issues its official checks through a payable-through account held at First Interstate Bank. The items are similar to authentic official checks. However, the counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded within a darkened top border and above the bottom border in the lower-right corner.
Affinity Bank
Ventura, California

Contact:
Ms. Sharie Quarry
Telephone: (805) 804-8335
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-76-2003
November 25, 2003
The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank, but do not display the bank's proper routing number of 122042205. The authentic check has the bank's logo and telephone number in the lower left corner of the check. Authentic items also indicate two signatures are required for checks over $500.
Alamerica Bank
Birmingham, Alabama

Contact:
Kent McGriff
Telephone: (205) 558-4645
Fax: (205) 558-4616
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-306-2006
November 16, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 062006356, which is assigned to Alamerica Bank, and are markedly dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the bank's name, address, and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, in the upper-left corner. The counterfeit items also display the wording "MATCH THE AMOUNT IN WORDS WITH THE AMOUNT IN NUMBERS" and "ZIONS BANK" to the left of the dollar sign. On five lines in the lower- left corner, the counterfeit items display the words "PAY TO THE ORDER OF." A security lock symbol is displayed on the lower-right side. Authentic checks display the bank's logo and name to the left of the local telephone number and address in the upper-left corner. Printed on two lines in the lower-left corner are "TO THE" and "ORDER OF."
Alaska First Bank & Trust, N.A.
Anchorage, AK

Contact: Robin Bettisworth
Phone: (907) 644-1222
Fax: (907) 561-7684

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-175-2006
June 28, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 125200905, which is assigned to Alaska First Bank & Trust, N.A., Anchorage, Alaska. The counterfeit items are printed on blue check stock and display a logo similar to the authentic logo in the upper-left corner. However, the name "Alaska First Community Bank & Trust" appears to the right of the logo, and the address "Anchorage AK 99509-2360" appears below the logo. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are located in the upper-right corner of the item and directly beneath the check number. The statement "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK" is embedded in the top border.

Authentic cashier's checks are gray and contain a gray strip with silver leaves across the top of the check. The bank's name is located below the logo, and the full address of "C Street Office 001, 3301 C Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99503" appears to the right of the name. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are centered at the top of the check followed by a branch identification section and a date area. The wording "CARB-OUT Deluxe" is located along the left border of the check and a padlock logo with a security statement is located along the check's right border.
Alaska First Bank & Trust, N.A.
Anchorage, AK

Contact:
OCC
(202) 874-5214

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2006-29
June 12, 2006
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 125200905 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.
Alaska Pacific Bank
Juneau, Alaska

Contact:
Christopher P. Bourque
Telephone: (907) 790-5158

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-34-2005
March 22, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number of 325270049, which is not the correct number for the payable-through bank of Alaska Pacific Bank. Additionally, authentic instruments and the counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar. Authentic instruments require a countersignature for amounts over $2,500.00, and state the payable-through bank in the lower left-hand corner of the check. The counterfeit items only provide for one signatory and present Alaska Pacific Bank as the payable-through bank.
Allegiance Bank of North America
Bala Cynwyd, PA

Contact:
Diane R. Brown
Telephone: (610) 949-0762
Fax: (610) 949-9595

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-148-2009
August 31, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 031918543, which is assigned to Allegiance Bank of North America. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border. The words "Construction Disbursement#" are displayed in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks have the words "CASHIERS CHECK" encircled under the written amount line. A "Memo" line appears in the lower-left corner.
Allegiance Community Bank
South Orange, NJ

Contact:
Stephen J. Buraczynski
Telephone: (973) 761-5553, extension 116
Fax: (973) 761- 5119

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-183-2008
August 22, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 031918543, which is assigned to Allegiance Bank of North America, located in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Allegiance Community Bank's checks display the routing number 021213481. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center and the word "REMITTER" appears in the bottom left. The bank's name, logo, location, zip code and a toll-free telephone number appear in the top-left corner.

Authentic checks are issued as "TREASURER'S CHECKS." They display the routing number 021213481, which is assigned to Allegiance Community Bank. The bank's name, logo and address are centered in the top portion. Lines are displayed for "REMITTER," "DATE," "PAY TO THE ORDER OF," and the written dollar amount.
Alliance Bank
Lake City, MI

Contact:
David J. Lynn
Telephone: (507) 233-8234
Fax: (507) 354-1418
Fraudulent Traveler's Checks


SA-76-2008
March 31, 2008
In February 2007, American Alliance Bank merged into Alliance Bank. American Alliance Bank did not issue traveler's checks. There are two versions of the fraudulent items. Both are in $100 denominations and display the words "AMERICAN ALLIANCE BANK TRAVELERS CHEQUE."

Version 1: The fraudulent items display the routing number 091811965, which was assigned to American Alliance Bank. The items also display images of the Statue of Liberty, the U.S. Capitol, a U.S. map, and the U.S. Homeland Security seal. "ISSUED BY FEDERAL CREDIT UNION, DC" appears above the seal. "AMERICAN ALLIANCE BANK TRAVELERS CHEQUE" is repeated in the bottom border.

Version 2: The items display the U.S. Capitol in the middle with the stamp of an American eagle, a U.S. flag and motto "IN GOD WE TRUST" on either side.
Alliance Bank
Syracuse, NY

Contact:
Shari Gordon
Telephone: (315) 475-4753
Fax: (315) 475-0870
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-56-2006
October 12, 2006
Counterfeit official checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 011007092 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various lottery scams.

While the counterfeit items closely resemble authentic items, they can be identified by the following: the checks are printed using computer paper which is blue and pink in color. When photocopied, the words "VOID" and "NULL" may appear across the face of the check. In addition, the counterfeit items contain a dark border along the top of the check, with the following phrase: "VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BACKGROUND AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK CERTIFICATION SEAL ON THE BACK. HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW SEAL." Items presented to date have contained 6-digit serial numbers beginning with the series of both 227 and 228, use a remitter name of either Jennifer Caruso or Lillian McKinney, and have been made payable in the amounts of $2,990 or $3,000.

Correspondence accompanying the checks may contain the letterhead of "International Processing Center, 308 Richmond Road, Ottawa, ON K2A 0E8" or "Guta Financial Trust Services, Centerville House, Collins Avenue, PO Box N-7543, Nassau Bahamas." The letters alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize and should contact claims agent Kenny Gozie at 613-255-0238 or Norah Williams and Perry Newman at 403-889-5419. The recipient is informed that the enclosed check is to be used to pay the mandatory processing fees and/or international taxes as well as the finance charges incurred when wiring back the said fees. The correspondence is signed by Jennifer Caruso, Accounting Department (International Processing Center) and Lillian McKinney, Director Claims & Credit Control (Guta Financial Trust Services).
Alliance Bank
Francesville, Indiana

Contact:
Shari Hacker
Telephone: (765) 583-4437
Fax: (765) 583-3272
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-136-2006
May 1, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 074912674, which is assigned to Alliance Bank. The counterfeit items are being presented in two different formats. The first format is similar to authentic checks, although the words "REMITTER" and "AMOUNT" are not displayed on the item. The second format is dissimilar to authentic checks and lacks the bank's logo of a flag in the top center; however, the items include the bank's name and location in the top-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the upper-right third of the check. The authentic check's logo is a flag, which appears above the bank's name and location in the top-center portion of the check. Authentic checks display the words "REMITTER," "DATE" and "AMOUNT" across the center lines of the check.
Alliance Bank & Trust
Gastonia, NC

Contact:
Bill Sudyk
Telephone: (704) 869-8840
Fax: (704) 869-8816
Counterfeit Checks


SA-15-2007
January 5, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a sweepstakes scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, Boston, Massachusetts. The bank issues official checks through Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, payable through Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company.

Counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. Counterfeit items display a logo consisting of an image of Benjamin Franklin in the upper-left corner with the words "FRANKLIN TEMPLETON INVESTMENTS" printed beneath and "TEMPLETON INVESTMENTS CORP, USA-CA-SAN MATEO" printed to the right. The counterfeit items display the following security statement in scroll print beneath the "DOLLAR" line: "This document has a colored background. Copy Shield and a backside authentic watermark, absence of these features will indicate a copy."

Authentic checks have the following statements printed in the lower-left corner: "ISSUED BY: MONEYGRAM PAYMENT SYSTEMS, INC.," and "DRAWEE: BOSTON SAFE DEPOSIT & TRUST CO." The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are displayed in the upper-left corner with the "REMITTER" printed directly beneath. The bank's name and "A" logo are centered at the top with a hologram included directly to the right. The following security statement appears below the top border on authentic checks: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE AND HOLOGRAM. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." Authentic checks display "DRAWER: ALLIANCE BANK AND TRUST" below the dollar amount line in the bottom-right corner.
Alliant Bank
Madison, MO

Contact:
Don Crosby
Phone: (660) 665-3494, extension 216
Fax: (660) 665-3490
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-25-2007
January 8, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 081506390, which is assigned to Alliant Bank. The items also display the statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $5,000.00" above the signature lines on the lower-right side. Security feature descriptions are embedded in the top border and printed in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks display the statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $500.00" in the lower right. The items also bear the following statement below the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, WATERMARK, AND A THERMOCHROMIC ICON, ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." A padlock symbol and a security notice are displayed on the right side of the checks.
Allstate Bank
Vernon Hills, Illinois

Contact:
Ms. Lidia Oleksy
Telephone: (847) 968-7038
FAX: (847) 968-6717
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-11-2003
February 26, 2003
All of the known counterfeit items include the bank's routing number of 071974424. The reported counterfeit items, while similar in design to genuine instruments, use different fonts and do not include the bank's telephone number under the name or display the wording "ORIGINAL DOCUMENT" continuously along the item's top border.
Ally Bank
Midvale, Utah

Contact:
James Heavens
Telephone: (215) 734-5380
Counterfeit Official Checks


CrimeDex Alert
June 15, 2012
Ally Financial Global Security and law enforcements partners (FBI, Secret Service and Postal Inspection Service) are investigating a widespread counterfeit check scheme using Ally Bank Official Checks, which appears to be a West African scam with mailings of the checks from Canada.

As of June 2012, the bank had identified over fifty counterfeit Ally Bank Official Checks totaling approximately $10 million dollars. The checks are consistently high dollar amount ranging from $40,000 to $500,000. Various methods are used to gain the confidence of the victims. Fraudsters have been found contacting victims online throughout the United States and are mailing counterfeit Ally Bank Official Checks, generally in high dollar amounts, from Canada to the victim payee. The payee is instructed to deposit the check into their bank account and quickly transfer the funds to the perpetrator or third party using a wire, money gram or Western Union. The deposited check is then returned as counterfeit to the bank of first bank deposit after 7-10 days. Payees and banks of first deposit are sometimes unaware that the subject checks are counterfeit.

If a payee or bank of first deposit has a question about the validity of an Ally Bank Official check, please contact Ally Financial Global Security at the number above. Information received by Ally Financial Global Security will be shared with law enforcement for appropriate investigation.
Alpine Bank
Rifle, Colorado

Contact: Ms. Pat Richardson
Telephone: (970) 625-7006
FAX: (970) 618-3297
Counterfeit Official Checks
SA-18-2003
April 2, 2003
The counterfeit checks are in circulation. The items bear the bank's routing number of 102103407.

The reported counterfeit items do not resemble the authentic bank instruments.

The counterfeit checks also include the address of a non-existent branch office in Boise, Idaho.
Alta Alliance Bank
Oakland, California

Contact: Sedrick A. Tydus
Telephone: (510) 899-7518
FAX: (510) 832-4093
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-301-2007
December 19, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 121144463, which is assigned to Alta Alliance Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display security feature statements within the top and bottom borders. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are centered in the top portion above an indemnity bond statement. The bank's name (repeated), the statement "Payable at Alta Alliance Bank, Oakland, CA," and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank ("1-877-446-3112"), appear below the bank's logo and name in the top-left corner. "Operator I.D." and "Office AU#" are displayed in the top-right corner.

Authentic cashier's checks display ornate borders. The bank's address and telephone number, (510) 899-7500, appear to the right of the bank's logo and name in the top-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear on the right side below "DOLLARS."
Alton Bank
Alton, MO

Contact: Anna M. Roberts
Telephone: (417) 778-7211
Fax: (417) 778-6789
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-194-2009
November 20, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 081508602, which is assigned to Alton Bank. A security feature statement is embedded within a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are top-centered. The bank's name and a logo appear in the top-left corner. The word "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner along with the bank's name, location and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. The items display one "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" line. Authentic checks have a blue background and ornate borders. A padlock icon and security statement are embedded within the right border. The bank's name, logo and location are top- centered. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the lower-left corner. The statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED FOR CHECKS IN EXCESS OF $1,000.00" appears above two signature lines in the lower-right corner.
Altura State Bank
Altura, MN

Contact: Peter Kramer
Telephone: (507) 796-6761
Fax: (507) 796-6131
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-162-2007
June 28, 2007
The counterfeit items are associated with "The Apex Evaluation and Marketing Services," supposedly a secret shopping entity based in Ontario, Canada. The counterfeit items display the routing number 091906359, which is assigned to Altura State Bank. Counterfeit items have a design surrounding the border and display "CASHIER'S CHEck" near the top border. Authentic items display the wording "BANK MONEY ORDER" in the top center.
Amboy Bank
Old Bridge, NJ

Contact: Jane Minervini
Telephone: (732) 591-8700, extension 5946 Fax: (732) 591-8953
Counterfeit Official Checks
SA-28-2010
March 8, 2010
Amboy Bank does not issue official checks; however, it does issue cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the routing number 021204416, which is assigned to Amboy Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic checks. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are in the top-center area. The bank's name and location are displayed in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks have a basket weave background with ornate borders. A padlock security icon is embedded in the right border. A "NOTICE TO CLIENTS" statement appears below the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner.
AMCORE Bank, N.A.
Rockford, IL

Contact: Gary Cooper
Telephone: (815) 961-7180

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-9-2009
May 29, 2009
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 071900456 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a secret shopping scam. The counterfeit checks resemble the authentic items, but may be identified by the following traits: the instruments have been green or brown in color and include the following security statement in the top border: “For security purposes, the face of this check contains a colored background and microprinting in the border." The words “Cashier's Check" are enclosed in a darkened block and located in the top-center portion of the item. The following security statement is printed between two padlock icons in the bottom-center section: “Security Features Included. Details on Back."

Items presented to date have been made payable in the amounts of $3,995 and $4,595, have been signed by Barbara Miller, and have contained a remitter name of Helen V. Wheeler. Due to possible variations between the appearance of the bank's authentic items and the counterfeit items associated with differing scams, officials of AMCORE Bank, N.A. suggest they be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's cashier's checks if received from an unknown or questionable source. Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks may contain the letterhead of “Global Relations Marketing, 3861 North Ridge Drive, Rockford, IL 61108, Fax: 1-888-305-0539" and may be signed by Donna Hamilton, Co-ordinator. It is explained that the enclosed cashier's check is to be used during the assignment to make purchases at various merchants and to transfer money using a nationally known wire service. Recipients are instructed to contact the assignment coordinator at 1-905-598-1753 upon receipt of the correspondence.

AMCORE Bank, N.A.
Rockford, IL

Contact: Wendell Craft
Telephone: (815) 961-4990
FAX: (866) 237-4287
Counterfeit Official Checks
SA-11-2007
March 2, 2007
Counterfeit official checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 022000868 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various lottery and Internet purchase overpayment scams. The first variation of counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits: the checks are blue and white in color with a blue border. The following statement is located in the top border of the item: “THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A BLUE GRADUATING TINT (BLUE-WHITE-BLUE) BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER." An abbreviated routing number of 19-86/220 is printed in the top-center portion of the check, the words “Official Check" are located in the upper-right portion of the instrument, and the following statement may be printed in the lower-left section of the check: “Issued by Integrated Payment System Inc, Englewood, Colorado Citibank (New York State) Buffalo, NY." The bottom border of the item contains the following security statement: “THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A REFLECTIVE SECURITY MARK – HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW."

The second version of counterfeits received to date may be identified by the following traits: the checks are blue in color with a marbled background and contain a dark blue border. The following statement is located in the top border of the item: “THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER AND ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SECURITY SCREEN ON BACK WITH PADLOCK SECURITY ICON." The bottom border contains a Web site address of: “[www.LaserPrinterChecks.com]," and the right border contains a Padlock icon along with a security statement of: “Security Features are Included. Details on back." These items contain an abbreviated routing number of 16-86/220 in the top-center portion of the check directly beneath the words “OFFICIAL CHECK."

Items presented to date have been made payable in various amounts and may contain remitter names of Suzanne Freeman or John Sprader. One example of lottery correspondence accompanying the checks may contain the letterhead of “Citadel Financial Trust Services, P.O. Box N-4093, Nassau, N.P., The Bahamas, Sponsor: Lotto, Reader's Digest, Publisher's Clearing House, Sweepstakes." The letter alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize and should contact the office immediately. The recipient is advised to keep all information confidential and is encouraged to act by a specific date or the winnings will be forfeited. Recipients are to contact claims agents Mr. Henry Diop at 1-613-255-3295 (Canadian telephone number) for further instruction. The correspondence may be signed by Andrea Klein, Director Claims & Credit Control.
America California Bank
San Francisco, California,

Contact:
Mary Jane Ng
Telephone: (415) 986-5678 Extension 206

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-69-2005
June 28, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 121031673 for America California Bank; however, authentic official checks are payable through Preferred Bank, Los Angeles, California, and do not include the routing number for America California Bank. Also, the layout, style, and fonts are different. The term "CASHIER'S CHECK" is used on the counterfeit checks; the term "OFFICIAL CHECK" is used on authentic official checks.
American Bank,
Allentown, PA

Contact:
Mary Ann Husack
Telephone: (610) 973-8133
Fax: (610) 366-1900
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-5-2008
January 4, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 031302997, which is assigned to American Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic treasurer checks and display the security feature statements "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK" embedded in the top border. Counterfeit items display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center area. The bank's internet logo (waving flag icon) and name are shown in the top-left corner. The items also display the words "DRAWER" and "REMITTER."

American Bank does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue treasurer checks. Authentic treasurer checks are yellow in color and display the words "TREASURER CHECK" top centered. The bank's name is shown in the top-left corner and "Memo" in the lower-left corner. A rectangle contains the numerical dollar amount on the right side. The phrase "VOID IF NOT PRESENTED WITHIN ONE YEAR FROM DATE OF ISSUE" is printed below the written dollar amount line and "DOLLARS."
American Bank, National Association
Corpus Christi, Texas

Contact:
Gayla Kelly
Telephone: (361) 653-5271
Counterfeit and Stolen Expense Checks; Stolen Trust and Asset Management Checks


SA-140-2005
October 31, 2005
The counterfeit expense checks are reportedly similar to authentic checks. However, the counterfeit items have a solid blue background with a dark banner across the top. The notice embedded in the banners states: "This document has a colored background and microprinting. The reverse side includes an artificial watermark." The flag logo appears in red, white and blue. All other printed wording on the counterfeit check appears in black. Authentic expense checks are printed on blue marbled paper and display an American flag logo in red, white and blue. The check number is printed in red and the bank's name and address are printed in blue, as are the words "Expense Check." All other wording appears in black. Stolen trust and asset management checks are a deep red and blue multi-toned color, with a black American Bank flag logo. All other printed wording appears in black, and the checks contain a watermark statement: "Check + Plus." The payee, amount and date have reportedly been altered.
American Bank of Commerce
Provo, Utah

Contact:
Kim Jones
Telephone: (801) 377-4222
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-112-2005
August 24, 2005
The counterfeit items do NOT use the proper routing number of 124302969 for American Bank of Commerce. The counterfeit items display the routing number of 113104521 for State Bank, La Grange, Texas. The fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks.
American Bank of Commerce
Baltimore, Maryland

Contact:
Judith Sisson
Telephone: (806) 775-5038

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-51-2005
May 9, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number of 114917814, which is the routing number for the bank's Austin, Texas, branch. The counterfeit items and authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks have the blue and red bank logo screened across the backdrop of the check; a repeating red "ABC" decorative border on both sides of the check face; and two signature lines with the wording "Two signatures required over $1,000.00" located above the top signature line. Authentic checks also list the city names of Wolfforth, Lubbock and Austin below the logo. The counterfeit items have one signature line, do not have the "ABC Bank" backdrop, and list the city name of Houston, Texas, below the logo.
American Bank of St. Paul (American Bank)
Saint Paul, MN

Contact:
Ellen Pickerign
Telephone: (651) 634-6472
Fax: (651) 628-2263

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-276-2007
October 17, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096000603, which is assigned to American Bank of St. Paul, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border. The city is printed in small case (as "st paul") below the bank's name, Web site address, and a "TELEBANK" telephone number, which are located in the top-left corner. The "TELEBANK" telephone number is incorrectly printed as "651-628-628-BANK." The counterfeit items have a marbled background.

Authentic cashier's checks display the security statement "This document has a micro-print signature line, watermark, and a thermochromic icon; Absence of these features will indicate a copy." This statement is printed in italics beneath the written dollar amount line. A security padlock and statement appear to the right of the written dollar amount line. The city is printed in title case (as "St. Paul") below the bank's name, Web site address, a "TELEBANK" telephone number ("651-628-BANK"), and a local telephone number in the top-left corner.
American Bank of Texas
Sherman, TX

Contact:
Dannett Gregory
Telephone: (903) 813-5740
Fax: (903) 813-5771

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-40-2009
March 4, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to U.S. Bank, Saint Paul, Minnesota. American Bank of Texas issues authentic cashiers checks through a Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., account held at U.S. Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items display the following security statement embedded within the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A RED & BLUE BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." Authentic cashier's checks display the following security statement along the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. ABSENCE OF THIS FEATURE WILL INDICATE A COPY."
American Bank of Texas, N.A.
Marble Falls, TX

Contact:
Rhanda Boatwright
Telephone: (830) 693-3676
Fax: (830) 693-6893

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-65-2006
November 16, 2005
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 051900353 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.

While the counterfeit checks are very similar to the authentic items, counterfeit instruments may be identified by the following traits: the checks are green in color and contain the word "Texas" in the upper-left corner of the check in lieu of a branch identification number. The instruments may contain one of the following statements in the top border of the item: "For security purposes, the face of this document contains a colored background and microprinting in the border." or "The face of this document has a colored background on white paper and original document security screen on back with a padlock security icon." The following statement may appear along the bottom border of the item: "The reverse side of this document includes a unique check identity uar code and an artificial watermark - hold at angle to view." The signature area is enclosed in a rectangular-shaped box with rounded corners, and is followed by the words: "Issuer Accepts as Drawer/Drawee."

Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $2,950, contain a 6-digit serial number beginning with the series of "127", are signed by either Mark W. Few or Clive Ward, contain varying purchaser names, and are dated Nov 7, 2006.

Victims of the lottery scam have received the counterfeit items via US Postal Service. Correspondence accompanying the checks may contain the letterhead of "Gamebookers Casino, Old Anjo Insurance Building, Lower Long Street, St. John's, Antigua & Barbuda" and include a signature of both Busman Oliver and Cynthia Stone. Recipients are informed of their winning status in the 2006 Thanksgiving Sweepstakes monthly International Promotions Program draw. The recipient is requested to keep his or her winnings confidential and informed that he or she must deposit the enclosed check into his or her bank account immediately to pay for processing insurance and international taxes. The letter further states that the recipient is to call his or her claim representative, Sandra Mayweather, at 1-204-952-5286 (a Canadian telephone number).
American Alliance Bank
Lake City, MN

Contact:
Ann Hartle
Telephone: (715) 834-5327
Fax: (715) 834-3818

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-295-2006
October 16, 2006
American Alliance Bank, Lake City, Minnesota (previously known as American Bank, Eau Claire, Wisconsin) has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's previous name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items include the invalid routing number 092005411 and are not similar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display "AMERICAN BANK" centered at the top above an Eau Claire, Wisconsin, address. Embedded within the top border is the following statement: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." In the lower-left corner is the statement: "PAYABLE THROUGH FIRST INTERSTATE BANK HELENA, MT."

Authentic checks include the routing number 122037760, which is assigned to a payable-through account at First Regional Bank, Los Angeles, California. The bank issues cashier's checks through First Regional Bank. The name "AMERICAN ALLIANCE BANK" is centered at the top directly above a Lake City, Minnesota, address. Authentic checks have scroll-pattern borders and security feature descriptions are printed just below the top border.
American Bank & Trust of the Cumberlands
Livingston, TN,

Contact:
Marlena Roberts
Telephone: (931) 823-5648
Fax: (913) 823-7389

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-71-2007
March 19, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 264174303, which is assigned to American Bank & Trust of the Cumberlands, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in a box in the top center. The following security statements are embedded within the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WARTERMARK." The bank's logo, name, city and state are printed in the upper-left corner. An "AMOUNT OF" line is centered near the middle and the date appears directly below. "DRAWER:" followed by the bank's name and a lock symbol is shown above the authorized signature line in the lower-right corner. "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" followed by a bracketed rectangle is shown in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. The bank's name is in a box in the top center, and the bank's address is shown directly below the box. The word "REMITTER" appears in the upper-left corner.
American Banking Company, (also known as Ameris Bank)
Moultrie, Georgia ,

Contact:
Mona A. Hayes
Phone: (229) 890-6372 Extension 331
Fax: (229) 890-6376

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-4-2007
January 4, 2007
Counterfeit items display the routing number 062101934, which is assigned to American Banking Company, and are dissimilar to the authentic checks. Counterfeit items display "REGIONS BANK" in the top-center portion above the words "FOR VERIFICATION CALL 334-413- 0756." "CERTIFIED CASHIERS CHECK" is printed in the upper-left corner above the address "P.O. BOX 48309, MONTGOMERY, AL 36117." Authentic checks display the routing number 102000979, and are issued by Integrated Payment Systems Inc., Englewood, Colorado, and payable through J.P. Morgan Chase N.A., Denver, Colorado. "Ameris" is printed in the top-left corner and "OFFICIAL CHECK" appears in the top- center portion.
American Community Bank
Glen Cove, New York

Contact:
John K. Holland
Telephone: (516) 609-2900

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-71-2004
October 7, 2004
The counterfeit items do NOT display the proper routing number of 021413388 for American Community Bank, and the fraudulent instruments are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The counterfeit items display the bank name in the upper left corner of the check, but without the bank logo. Authentic cashier's checks display the bank name and bank logo at the top of the check in the center.
American Home Bank, NA
Mountville, PA

Contact:
Frances A. Bedekovic
Telephone: (717) 285-6599
Fax: (717) 285-6411

Ficticious Cashier's Checks


SA-21-2008
March 18, 2008
The above-named bank has reported that fictitious cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using the bank's correct routing number of 031318693 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam. These items are fictitious, as American Home Bank, N.A., does not issue cashier's checks. Checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,760 and may include a remitter name of “Clandestine Marketing." Due to possible variations in the appearance of the bank's official items and differing scams associated with the counterfeit or fictitious items, it is suggested that officials of American Home Bank, N.A., be contacted to verify authenticity of any of the bank's official items, if received from an unknown or questionable source.

The mystery shopper correspondence may contain the letterhead of “CLANDESTINE MARKETING COMPANY SHOPPING BUSINESS SOLUTIONS, [www.clandestine.co.za], Tel/Fax: 1-905-616-1840 or 1-905-392-1705." Note that the telephone numbers provided originate out of Ontario. The correspondence informs the recipient that he or she has been selected to be a secret shopper for the company. It explains that the enclosed check is to be used to purchase merchandise at various nationally known merchants as well as to transfer money using a nationally known wire service. The funds to be spent at each location are broken down by a specific dollar amount, with the shopper being allotted the remaining funds as payment for their mystery shopper service. The letter may be signed by Susan Hollands.
American Marine Bank
Bainbridge Island, Washington

Contact: Jan Hannon
Telephone: (206) 855-8620
Fax: (206) 855-8560

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-2-2006
January 19, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 125104865, which is assigned to American Marine Bank, and are similar to authentic checks in layout. However, the border on the counterfeit items has rounded corners, while the border on authentic checks has square corners. The counterfeit items display the following security wording in the top border: "This document is printed on white paper with a coloured background. The border contains micro printing." Also, the counterfeit items display security wording in the bottom border concerning artificial watermarks. Authentic checks do not display wording in either border. Authentic checks display a 1-800 telephone number beneath the bank's name in the upper-left corner of the check. Also, authentic checks are printed on a three-part gray herringbone pattern with blue printing.
American Metro Bank
Chicago, IL

Contact: Bill McGrath
Telephone: (773) 769-6868, extension 5030 Fax: (773) 769-6288

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-267-2007
October 1, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071025645, which is assigned to American Metro Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded within the top border. The words "CASHIER CHECK" are printed near the top center. The statement "ISSUED BY INTEGRATED PAYMENT SYSTEMS INC." is below the written dollar amount line and "Memo" is in the bottom-left corner. Authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-right corner. The bank's logo, name, two locations, telephone and fax numbers, and the word "REMITTER" appear in the top-left corner. The checks are blue and have a "VOID" background when copied.
American Momentum Bank
Tampa, FL

Contact: Jen Saylor
Telephone: (813) 549-4709
Fax: (813) 282-3935

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-196-2009
December 3, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 113125995, which is assigned to American Momentum Bank. They also display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "cashier's check" are in the top center. The bank's name and logo are shown in the top-left corner. The word "remitter" and the bank's name, location, and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, appear in the lower-left corner. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear below the signature line.

Authentic cashier's checks display the routing number 063116025, which is assigned to American Momentum Bank. They are grayish in color and have a padlock and vertical security statement embedded in the right border. The bank's logo and name are in the top center. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK," an indemnity bond statement and "MEMO" appear in the lower-left corner. The words "ISSUER," "BRANCH" and "REMITTER" are in the top-left corner. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear above the signature line.
American National Bank
Sidney, NE

Contact: Eileen Beeken
Telephone: (308) 254-5536
Fax: (308) 254-5547

Counterfeit Money Orders and Official Checks


SA-42-2007
July 16, 2007
Ccounterfeit money orders and official checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 104102202 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam. Counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits: The money orders are of unknown color with a darkened border along the top of the instrument. The following statement is contained within the top border: “SECURITY WARNING: THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT FEATURES A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINT BORDERS. THE REVERSE SIDE FEATURES ARTIFICIAL WATERMARKS."

The checks are also of unknown color and contain the following statement within the top border: “THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER." The bottom border contains the following statement: “THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK – HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW."

On both the money orders and the official checks, the bank's logo appears in the upper- right corner and is followed by “American National Bank, 901 Tenth Avenue, Sidney, NE 69162-0019." The corresponding words of either “Money Order" or “Official Checks" are located in the top-center portion of the check in a normal type font and are not enclosed in a shaded box. The words “Date" and “Amount" are located in the right-center portion of the check within shaded rectangular-shaped boxes. The statement “NOT VALID FOR OVER $1,000:00" appears below the dollar amount on the money order, and the statement “NOT VALID FOR OVER $10,000:00" appears below the dollar amount on the official check. Note the typo of a colon in the dollar amount. The checks contain only one signature line.

Items presented to date contain a 5-digit serial number beginning in the “16" series and are made payable in amounts between $998.77 and $4,990.00. Correspondence accompanying the checks may contain the letterhead of “SurveyLot.com, 5750 East Main Street, Mesa, Arizona 85205, 1-800-771-1261, Fax: 1-866-545-6744." The letter informs the recipient that he or she has been chosen to represent the company as a secret shopper. A statement explains that SurveyLot.com has been engaged by “Moneygram Money Transfer" to evaluate customer service performance. The enclosed official check or money order is to be used to purchase a Moneygram at a local Wal-Mart store, pay for associated service fees, and to retain a small portion as payment for service. The recipient is instructed to call 800-771-1262 prior to cashing the check. The letter may be signed by Sean Stevenson.
American National Bank
Omaha, NE

Contact: Jim Burns
Telephone: (402) 399-5026
Fax: (402) 399-5567

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-47-2006
August 24, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 104000854 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.

The counterfeit items are similar to those previously issued by the bank, which were retired at the close of 2005. The counterfeit items are light blue in color and contain the bank's logo in the center of the instrument followed by "AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK, American Dreams Come True, P.O. Box 2130, Omaha, NE 68144." Checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,700.00, show the remitter as Eugene O Shirley, and are dated either August 11, 2006, or August 13, 2006.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items displays the letterhead of "BRITISH AMERICAN WORLD LOTTERY, 225 James Street, London SW1A 1HG, Telephone: 1-416-732-9452." The letters, which may be signed by Edward Growings, Chief Financial Officer, Ph.D., notify the recipient of his or her winning status in the International Mega Million Jackpot. The letter further explains that the enclosed check is sent to assist the recipient in the payment of legal notarization, stamp duty insurance, and processing fees. The recipient is then instructed to contact Rolland Russell, Processing Officer, at (416) 732-9452 immediately.
American National Bank & Trust
Cuba City, WI

Contact: Teresa Montgomery
Telephone: (608) 744-2125, extension 12
Fax: (608) 744-2129

Fraudulent Traveler's Checks


SA-17-2008
January 14, 2008
The fraudulent items display the routing number 075903637, which is assigned to American National Bank & Trust Wisconsin. However, American National Bank & Trust Wisconsin does not issue traveler's checks. The words “AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK TRAVERLERS CHEQUE" are displayed in the middle of the counterfeit items. The items are in $100 denominations and display the serial number HC 569-249-772.
American National Bank and Trust Company
Danville, VA

Contact: Brandon Atkins
Telephone: (434) 792-5111
Fax: (434) 773-2277

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Alert 2014-28
September 4, 2014
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks using a correct routing number of 051401027 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a variety of work-at-home scams. The counterfeit checks do not resemble the bank's authentic checks; the counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits:
  • The checks contain a blue background with a darker-blue banner.
  • The following statement is located within the top border: “Warning: This document has security features in the paper.”
  • A triangular logo appears next to the bank's name in the top-center portion of the checks.
  • The bank's name and address are presented in the top-left corner of the checks.
  • An abbreviated routing number of 66-112/531 appears in the top-right corner.
  • The date is located in the top-right section.
  • A memo line appears in the bottom-left portion of the checks.
  • The checks contain one signature line.
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts between $1,900 and $3,400. While the company names used in the scams differ, the premise remains the same. Recipients of the checks are instructed to deposit the checks into their bank accounts, contact an individual purportedly to purchase equipment for the work-at-home assignment, and then purchase a money order (using the funds of the counterfeit item) to send to that individual to pay for the equipment.
American National Bank of Beaver Dam
Beaver Dam, WI

Contact: Mark Heuer
Telephone: (920) 885-2705
Fax: (920) 885-2709

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-196-2007
July 16, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a sweepstakes and lottery scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 075901516, which is assigned to The American National Bank of Beaver Dam. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, they display the following security feature statement embedded within the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK ù HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW." Also, a statement and "U.S. Patent" number are printed below the signature lines in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks have an ornate border and are blue. The following security feature statement is displayed along the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, WATERMARK AND A THERMOCHROMIC ICON; ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." A sailboat logo is to the right of the bank's name in the top-center area. Also, "A BRANCH OF THE AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK" appears just below the bank's name, city and state in the top center. A padlock icon and the statements "Security features included. Details on the back" are printed on the right side.
American National Bank of Sidney
Sidney, NE

Contact: Eileen Beeken
Telephone: (308) 254-5536
Fax: (308) 254-5547

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-221-2007
August 9, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 104102202, which is assigned to The American National Bank of Sidney. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic money orders and display a security feature statement within the top border and a "VOID" background when copied. The bank's logo, name (repeated twice), street address ("901 Tenth Ave"), city, state and a nine- digit zip code appear in the top-left corner. The words "DATE" and "AMOUNT" are inside of darkened boxes on the right side. The wording "NOT VALID FOR OVER $1,000.00" is printed below the word "DOLLARS" on the right side.

Authentic money orders have ornate borders and display the words "MONEY ORDER" inside a rectangle in the top center. "PERSONAL MONEY ORDER" is also displayed inside a rectangle in the lower-left corner. The bank's logo, name, post office box address ("P.O. Box 19"), city, state and a five-digit zip code appear in the top-left corner. A security feature statement is displayed below the "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" line and the wording "NOT VALID FOR OVER $1,000.00" is shown below the date line. "SIGNATURE OF BUYER" is displayed above two signature lines and "ADDRESS OF BUYER" is shown above a third line in the lower-right corner. Authentic money orders have a security padlock icon and statement on the right side below the dollar amount line.
American National Bank of Texas
Terrell, TX

Contact: Fraud department
Telephone: (800) 837-6584
Fax: (214) 863-6647

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2014-027
September 4, 2014
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks using a correct routing number of 111901519 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam. The counterfeit checks resemble the bank's authentic checks; the counterfeit items, however, may be identified by the following traits:
  • The checks contain a light-blue background with a brighter blue security notice in the top border that reads "WARNING: THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES IN THE PAPER."
  • The bank's Web site address is missing from the logo in the top-left corner.
  • The words "Security Features" appear along the right border along with a padlock icon.
  • The word "surety" in the "Notice to Customers" appears in lower case.
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts between $1,240 and $3,870. The counterfeit checks contain a variety of remitter names and include a branch number of 1006 and an originator code of B47SAMHAI. The correspondence related to the mystery shopping scam is attached to this alert and is signed by William McKnight and contains e-mail addresses of [willmcknight0@yahoo.com], [mcknight.surveygroup@yahoo.com], and [mcknight.surveygroup@outlook.com]. The attached correspondence provides instructions for the mystery shopping assignment. Recipients are assigned to evaluate a retail store of their choice that sells Green Dot Money Pak cards. Once the Money Pak Cards are purchased, the 14-digit numbers are to be immediately scanned and sent to the e-mail addresses listed above. Additionally, the correspondence requests that recipients purchase a cashier's check from their own financial institutions in the amount of $20 and have it made payable to a bogus charity called "The Orphan Coalition." The check is then to be scanned to the e-mail addresses provided above. These checks will be used in future counterfeit scams.
American National Bank of Texas
Terrell, TX

Contact: Dean Whiteside
Telephone: (972) 524-3411
Fax: (214) 863-6647

Fictitious Official Checks


SA-18-2008
March 10, 2008
The above-named bank has reported that fictitious official checks issued in the name of American National Bank and using the bank's correct routing number of 111901519 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam.

These items are fictitious, as The American National Bank of Texas does not issue official checks. Checks presented to date have been made payable in amounts ranging from $3,950 to $4,850 and may include a remitter name of “Comparison Shoppers Solutions," “CSS," or “Chrysler Corp." Due to possible variations in appearance of the bank's official items and scams, it is suggested that officials of The American National Bank of Texas be contacted to verify authenticity of any of the bank's official items, if received from an unknown or questionable source.

The mystery shopper correspondence may contain the letterhead of “COMPARISON SHOPPING SOLUTIONS, PO Box 4800, Wildwood, NJ 08280, Tel: 1-905-462-1329, Fax: 1-888-380-8459." Note that the telephone number provided originates out of Milton, Ontario. The correspondence informs the recipient that he or she has been selected to be a secret shopper for the company. It explains that the enclosed check is to be used to purchase merchandise at various nationally known merchants as well as to transfer money using a nationally known wire service. The funds to be spent at each location are broken down by a specific dollar amount, with the shopper being allotted the remaining funds as payment for their mystery shopper service. The letter may be signed by Cathy Bradley.
American Savings Bank, FSB
Munster, IN

Contact: Ginger Watts
Telephone: (219) 836-5870
Fax: (219) 836-5883

Counterfeit Bank Checks


SA-214-2009
December 17, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 271974017, which is assigned to American Savings, FSB. The items are very similar to authentic bank checks; however, the counterfeit items have double borders on all sides with squared corners. Authentic bank checks have borders with rounded corners and thicker dark blue lines for the top and bottom borders. The bank's telephone number, (219) 836-5870, is below the bank's name and location in the top-left corner.
American Savings Bank, FSB
Honolulu, HI

Contact: Gary Horita
Telephone: (808) 539-7108
Fax: (808) 539-7698

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-141-2008
July 9, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 321370765, which is assigned to American Savings Bank, FSB. The items are very similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items display the check number twice in the top-right corner. Authentic cashier's checks display the check number and signature area in red print and have a "VOID" background when copied.
American Security Bank,
Newport Beach, CA

Contact: Christine Hatfield
Telephone: (760) 955-3829
Fax: (760) 245-6522
E-mail: Chatfield@AmSecBank.com

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-11-2011
March 2, 2011
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122241912, which is assigned to American Security Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The phrase "Member FDIC" is to the right of the bank's name while the phrase "Community First!" is below the bank's name in the top-left corner. A security feature statement is centered below the top border. Six arrows followed by the bank's name are shown to the left of the numeric dollar amount. The phrases "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" and "REMITTER" are below the signature line in the lower-right corner.

Authentic cashier's checks are computer generated on light blue stock paper and show the bank's logo to the left of the bank's name in the top-left corner.
American State Bank
Sious Center, IA

Contact: Arlin Roskam
Telephone: (712) 722-4846
Fax: (712) 722-3819

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-115-2010
August 4, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 073917641, which is assigned to American State Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks and display the following statement above the signature lines: "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED ON AMOUNTS OVER $500,000.00." Authentic checks are tan and have a darkened stripe across the top. The checks display the following statement above the signature lines: "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED ON AMOUNTS OVER $10,000.00."
American State Bank
Lubbock, TX

Contact: Vicky McKinney
Telephone: (806) 741-2548
Fax: (806) 472-3516

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-304-2006
November 2, 2006
The counterfeit items are associated with a lottery scam and are accompanied by correspondence sent from "Mega Win International" with an address in Las Vegas, Nevada. The notification states that the recipient has unclaimed prize money and includes a check to cover processing fees. The notification letter reflects a telephone number with a "778" area code, which is assigned to Vancouver, British Columbia.

The counterfeit items include the routing number 051900353, which is assigned to Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T), Winston Salem, North Carolina. American State Bank issues official checks through an account held at BB&T. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic official checks in style, font and layout. The counterfeit items display security wording embedded within the top border. Centered at the top are the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" printed inside a rectangular box, which is directly below the name "American State Bank." Authentic checks include security wording along the top edge of the checks. The checks also have a watermark image of an eagle landing on the letters "ASB," surrounded by a circle, in the center portion of the check.
American State Bank &amap; Trust Company, N.A.
Great Bend, KS

Contact: Joe Spiser
Telephone: (620) 793-5900
Fax: (620) 793-3402

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-54-2006
September 26, 2006
Counterfeit money orders issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 101114947 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various overpayment scams. Counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits: Items presented to date contain varying serial numbers and dates; however, all have been payable in the amount of $12,000, with the embossed amount on the items shown as ***$12.000***," the remitter appears as "Sandi Edward," and the bank's information appearing in the lower-left corner is presented as "American State Bank & Trust Company, N.A., Larned, Ks 67550."

Confirmed schemes include an Internet merchandise overpayment scam as well as an investment maturity scam. Correspondence accompanying the checks related to the investment scam may contain the letterhead of "Primetime Financial Brokers, 2020 Sheppard Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M3N2K9; telephone 1-416-617-2851, E-mail address: [primet@consultant.com]." Recipients have indicated that during conversations with the scammers, they are instructed to deposit the item in their account and wire a portion back to the sender. The letter indicates that 7.99 percent of the total principal is due upon completion of the transaction. This correspondence may be signed by "Kenneth Collins" or "Sarah Edwards."
American Union Savings and Loan Association, S.B.
Chicago, IL

Contact: Daniel H. Brandt
Telephone: (773) 342-2711

Fax: (773) 342-9511

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-105-2010
August 3, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071000301, which is assigned to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The items are blue and display a security feature statement embedded within the top border. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" appear near the top-right corner. The "CHECK DATE," "CHECK NUMBER" and "CHECK AMOUNT" appear as a table on the right side. The statement "VOID IF NOT CASHED IN 90 DAYS" appears above the table. Authentic checks display a vertical security feature statement and padlock icon embedded within the right border. The bank's logo appears to the left with its name and address in the top-left corner. Two microprint signature lines appear in the lower-right corner.
Americana Bank, SB (formerly named Ameriana Savings Bank)
New Castle, IN

Contact: Al Williams
Telephone: (765) 521-7702
Fax: (765) 521-7516

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-169-2007
July 2, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a secret shopper scam originating in Canada and the United Kingdom. The counterfeit items display the routing number 274970717, which is assigned to Ameriana Bank, SB, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. The counterfeit items have ornate borders on three sides and display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" inside a rectangle with rounded corners centered within the top border. The following security statement appears on each side of the rectangle: "HOLD THIS DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." "AMERIANA SAVINGS BANK, 2118 BUNDY AVENUE, NEW CASTLE, IN 47362-2922" appears in the lower-left corner.

Ameriana Bank, SB, issues official checks, rather than cashier's checks. Authentic checks display the wording "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the top center. The top border is dark gray and contains the following security statement printed in white: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND-NOT A WHITE BACKGROUND. THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS AN ARTIFICAL WATERMARK-HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW." The word "Ameriana" and the bank's name, city, state and zip code are printed in the upper-left corner. Checks are gray in color and have a "VOID" background when copied.
AmericanTrust Federal Savings Bank
Peru, IN

Jeffrey A. Altmiller
Telephone: (765) 459-4171
Fax: (765) 459-4350
E-mail: jaltmiller@americantrustbank.com

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-16-2011
April 6, 2011
Americantrust (AmericanTrust) Federal Savings Bank, Peru, Indiana, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 274970775, which is assigned to Americantrust Federal Savings Bank. The items are similar to authentic official checks; however, they have ornate borders. A security feature statement is embedded in the top border and the bottom border.

Authentic official checks are pale green with dark green top and bottom borders. A padlock icon and vertical security feature statements are along the right border.
Americrest Bank & Trust
Van Nuys, CA
ontact: Mr. Andy Rapoport
Telephone: (405) 945-8100
Fictitious Official Checks and Certified Checks
FIL-93-2002
August 27, 2002
The fictitious official checks and certified checks are being widely circulated.The checks bear the name Americrest Bank & Trust. Some show the address as Post Office Box 23202, Van Nuys, CA, while others show the address as P. O. Box 2012, Van Nuys, CA 91411. All show the telephone number 818-779-7778.There is no bank in California named Americrest Bank & Trust. The routing number 103000800 and account number 404760832 are used on both types of checks. The routing number is assigned to Americrest Bank, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma a legitimate bank that has no offices in California.
AmericanWest Bank, Spokane, Washington


Contact:
Trish Christenson
Telephone: (509) 344-5301

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-51-2004
August 9, 2004
Counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official bank checks and display an incorrect routing number of 125107037. Counterfeit items display the bank name as AMERICAWEST BANK, INC, in the upper-left corner (no "n" at the end of America) and include the wording "Cashier's Check" centered at the top of the check. Authentic checks display the bank logo and correct bank name AmericanWest Bank in the lower-left corner of the check.
AmericanWest Bank
Spokane, Washington
Contact: Mr. Wade A. Griffin
Telephone: (509) 466-9619
Fax: (509) 466-0255See United Security Bank
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
FIL-132-2002
December 5, 2002
These items bear the routing number 125107037 and are entitled "Official Funds." The bank name on these instruments is United Security Bank, which was previously merged into AmericanWest Bank.
Ameris Bank
Moultrie, GA
Contact: Mr. Mona A. Hayes
Telephone: (229) 890-6373, extension 331
Fax: (229) 890-6376
Missing, Lost or Stolen Official Checks
SA-152-2008
December 5, 2002
The serial numbers associated with these checks are 063244 through, and including, 063250. The checks display the routing number 061201754, which is assigned to Ameris Bank.
Ameriserv Financial Bank
Johnstown, Pennsylvania

Contact:
Mr. Mike Andrascik
Telephone: (814) 533-5311

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-27-2004
March 26, 2004
The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the proper routing number of 031301066. The counterfeit instruments are similar to the authentic official checks; however, beneath the signature line on the bottom right-hand side of the counterfeit check, “authorized signature" is misspelled as “authorised signature." Additionally, the authentic checks display “CASHIER'S CHECK" in outline form on the bottom left-hand side of the check, while the counterfeit instruments display these words in bold.
AnchorBank, fsb
Madison, WI

Contact:
Dave Oldenburg
Telephone: (608) 252-1837
Fax: (608) 259-4106

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-290-2007
November 15, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 044000804, which is assigned to JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. AnchorBank, fsb official checks are issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Incorporated, through a payable account at JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic official checks. They display a security statement embedded in a darkened top border with rounded corners. The counterfeit items also display the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" centered inside a rectangle with rounded corners below the top border. They have a security statement in the bottom border with a padlock icon on each side. The "fsb" is incorrectly shown as "tsb" at the end of the bank's name in the top-left corner. Some versions may include a telephone number ("1-416-831-940"), which is not associated with the bank.

Authentic official checks are blue and have ornate borders on the top and sides. They display the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" centered inside a rectangle with rounded corners embedded in the top border. The statement "HOLD DOCUMENT TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK" appears on both sides of the rectangle. The bank's correct name ("AnchorBank, fsb") is in the top-left corner along with a logo and the bank's location. A security padlock and statement are on the right side above the signature line.
Anchor Bank St. Paul, National Association
St. Paul, MN

Contact:
Patti Westerdahl
Telephone: (952) 249-6003
Fax: (952) 249-6005

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-67-2010
May 26, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096015232, which is assigned to Anchor Bank, National Association. The items have ornate top and side borders, with the words "CASHIERS CHECK" top-centered inside of a box. Security feature statements appear on either side of the box below the border. The bank's name and Web site address appear in the lower-left corner. Authentic cashier's checks display the words "CASHIERS CHECK" in the lower-left corner. A security feature statement and padlock icon appear along the right border of the checks. The bank's name, telephone number and Web site address are in the top-center area.
Anchor Bank St. Paul, National Association
St. Paul, MN

Contact:
Brenda Johnson
Telephone: (952) 808-8047
Fax: (952) 808-8049

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-148-2008
July 9, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096015232, which is assigned to Anchor Bank St. Paul, National Association, and the numeric dollar amount on a line below the right end of the "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" line. Authentic checks display a security statement embedded in the top border. "CHECK NO." is shown in the top right-corner. Designated areas are shown for "DATE" and "AMOUNT."
Androscoggin Savings Bank
Lewiston, ME

Contact:
Rhonda Roy
Telephone: (207) 376-3508
Fax: (207) 376-3555

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-285-2006
September 26, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211272520, which is assigned to Androscoggin Savings Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the bank's name, street address, city, state and zip code in the top-left corner and at the top-center portion of the item. The words "Cashier's Check" appear below that information in the top center. Authentic checks display "TREASURER'S CHECK" centered below the top border. The checks also display the bank's name and logo in the top-left corner, followed by "Lewiston, Maine."
Anchor Bank, West St. Paul National Association
West St. Paul, Minnesota

Contact:
Cindy Erickson
Telephone: (651) 554-3464
Fax: (651) 554-3491

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-188-2005
December 14, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096015232, which is assigned to Anchor Bank, West St. Paul National Association, but they are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks in style, font and format. The counterfeit items do not display a logo, while authentic checks display the bank's logo of an anchor in the top-center portion of the check. In addition, the counterfeit items display the Main Office address followed by a telephone number in the top-center portion of the check. Authentic checks display a list of bank offices and their respective telephone numbers below the bank name and logo.
Annandale State Bank
Annandale, Minnesota

Contact: Paul W Gandrud
Telephone: (320) 274-8216
Fax: (320) 274-3581

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-116-2006
April 21, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 091904610, which is assigned to Annandale State Bank, but are dissimilar in appearance to authentic checks. A statement about security features is printed in the top border, and the words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear in the lower-right corner below the signature line. The counterfeit items are light blue with dark blue borders.

Authentic checks display the "ASB" logo to the left of the bank's name, which is printed directly above two branch locations. A "Memo" line is included below the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" is printed above the signature line in the lower-right corner. Authentic checks are printed on light gray paper with dark gray borders and contain the word "SecureStar" in the right border. A security lock symbol appears to the right of the dollars amount line.
ANB Financial N.A., Booneville, AR

Contact: Cynthia White
Telephone: (479) 878-3014,
Fax: 479) 878-4314

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-45-2006
August 23, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 082901826 are being presented for payment both locally and nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.

The counterfeit items contain the words "Arkansas National Bank, Bentonville, AR" in the top-center portion of the check, followed by a toll-free number of 1-888-239-1244, which is not associated with ANB Financial. The ANB logo is located in the top-left corner of the instrument, and the following phrase is contained within the top border: "The face of this document has a colored background on white paper." The following security statement is located along the bottom border of the instrument: "The back of this document contains an artificial watermark - hold at an angle to view." Checks presented to date have been made payable in the amounts of $3,500 and $4,875 and have used the checks numbers of 887490032, 69884701, and 5246132. They have been dated 7/25/2006 and 8/3/2006 and may show the remitter as Crown Locators Inc. or Shopping Group Inc.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items contains the letterhead of "CROWN LOCATORS INC., Unclaimed Funds Resources and Payment Verification Center, Suite 1200 80 Queen Street, Kitchener, ON N2H6L4. The letters, which may be signed by either Brian Malden (Holder of Procuration) or Susan Wyatt (Accts. Manager), notify the recipient of their winning status and explain that the enclosed check is to assist with the processing fees that have accrued due to the funds being in an unclaimed status. Recipients are instructed to contact the Sweepstakes Agent at 1-519-694-1584 ext 200) immediately.
Apollo Trust Company
Apollo, PA

Contact: Carolyn Bash
Telephone: (724) 478-3151, extension 231
Fax: (724) 478-1118

Counterfeit Treasurer's Checks


SA-175-2007
July 2, 2007
The items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 043308426, which is assigned to Apollo Trust Company. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic treasurer's checks; however, they have dark borders and a security feature statement is displayed within the top border. An incorrect zip code ("1683") is used in the bank's address in the top-left corner. The items display a "VOID" background when copied. Authentic checks have the correct zip code ("15613") in the bank's address in the top-left corner. Also, the word "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner below "TREASURER'S CHECK."
Apple Bank for Savings
Manhasset, NY

Contact: Joseph Zayas
Telephone: (212) 224-6465
Fax: (212) 224-6599

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-232-2006
August 18, 2006
The counterfeit items display the appropriate routing number 102000979, which is assigned to JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. Apple Bank for Savings issues money orders through Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Englewood, Colorado, payable through JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic money orders. The counterfeit items display a telephone number, not associated with the bank, in the lower-left corner. The statement "NOT GOOD FOR AMOUNT OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS" is printed above and on the right side of the "Pay to the Order of" line. That statement is also directly below the "Pay $" area. A small padlock symbol is printed along the right border of the counterfeit items.

Apple Bank for Savings issues two types of authentic money orders. All authentic money orders display the statement "NOT GOOD FOR AMOUNT OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000)" centered on the right side. Authentic money orders are light green with a large apple-shaped watermark in the center.
Apple Creek Banking Company,
Apple Creek, OH

Contact: Michael Coleman
Telephone: (330) 698-5003
Fax: (330) 698-4770

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-164-2009
September 11, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 041208748, which is assigned to The Apple Creek Banking Company. The items are blue and display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom-right border. Authentic checks have a security feature statement under the written amount line and a padlock icon above "DOLLARS."
Applied Card Bank (formerly known as Cross Country Bank),
Wilmington, Delaware

Contact:
Larry J. Regan
Telephone: (302) 326-4200
Fax: (302) 467-4985

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-173-2005
November 22, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 031100966, which is assigned to Applied Card Bank, formerly known as Cross Country Bank. However, the counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic checks. Authentic checks have a logo with the bank's name written across it in the top-left portion of the check. The counterfeit items contain the bank's name, city, state and telephone number in the top-center portion of the check. Authentic checks do not display a telephone number.
Archer Bank,
Chicago, IL

Contact:
Megan Pavlinek
Telephone: (773) 884-4349
Fax: (773) 838-4497

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-297-2006
October 16, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071004530, which is assigned to Archer Bank, and are similar to authentic checks. However, the counterfeit items are blue with rounded borders and include the following statement embedded within the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." Additionally, a logo appears to the left of the bank name in the upper-left corner of the counterfeit items. Authentic checks are green with squared borders on all sides. Authentic checks do not include a security statement on the face of the document.
Arkansas Bankers Bank,
Little Rock, Arkansas

Contact:
Bill May
Telephone: (501) 371-0535
Fax: (501) 375-2281

Fraudulent Checks


SA-196-2006
July 14, 2006
The fraudulent items display the routing number 082001700, which is assigned to Arkansas Bankers Bank; however, Arkansas Bankers Bank does not offer checking accounts to the public. In general, bankers' banks are owned by and provide services to commercial banks. Transactions made by Arkansas Bankers Bank should only occur with other authorized commercial banks.
Arrowhead Bank,
Llano, TX

Contact:
Jeff Kuykendall
Telephone: (325) 247-5741
Fax: (325) 247-4106

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-141-2007
June 6, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 114920526, which is assigned to Arrowhead Bank, but include "ARROWHEAD COMMUNITY BANK" in the upper-left corner. Below the name is the bank's address. The top and side borders have an ornate design. "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK" is printed twice below the top border. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is inside a rectangle centered within the top border. A "MEMO" line is in the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks display "CASHIER'S CHECK" near the upper-right corner and "Notice to Customers" centered below the top border. In the upper-left corner is the bank's logo, which includes the bank's name printed around the top of a circle and an arrowhead centered within. To the right of the logo is the bank's name and address. The following security statements are printed along the bottom border: "ABSENCE OF PINK U.S. PATENT NUMBERS UNDER SIGNATURE INDICATES CHECK IS FRAUDULENT. PATENT NUMBERS ARE PRINTED WITH HEAT SENSITIVE INK & WILL DISAPPEAR WHEN BLOWING OR RUBBING."
Artisans' Bank,
Wilmington, DE

Contact:
Joseph Strusowski
Telephone: (302) 884-6571
Fax: (302) 654-0559

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-214-2008
November 17, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 231175759, which is assigned to Artisans' Bank. The items are very similar to authentic official checks. However, the counterfeit items are printed on gray paper, while authentic checks are printed on green check stock and display a vertical security statement along the right side.
Artisans' Bank,
Wilmington, DE

Contact:
John Sowden
Telephone: (302) 884-6851
Fax: (302) 654-0559

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-299-2006
October 17, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 231175759, which is assigned to Artisans' Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the bank's name, logo, city, state and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, in the upper-left corner. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is centered at the top, and a security padlock symbol is printed in the lower-right corner. On authentic checks, "Official Check" is printed in the lower-left corner. The bank's name, logo, city, state and zip code appear in the top center. A security feature description is printed across the top. Authentic checks have solid borders on all sides.
Arvest Bank, Fayetteville, Arkansas

Contact:
Risk Management BNT
Telephone: (479) 271-1258

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-79-2004
October 26, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 082900872 for Arvest Bank. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks have a single signature line and have a "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" indemnity warning in the upper-left corner of the check. The counterfeit items have two signature lines and do not have the indemnity notice.
Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association
New York City, NY

Contact:
Charles Judson
Telephone: (516) 327-7830
Fax: (516) 327-7481

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-327-2006
December 6, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 102000979, which is assigned to JPMorgan Chase Bank. The items are dissimilar to authentic checks and display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the upper-left corner. The savings and loan association's logo and name appear in the top center of the items. Authentic checks display the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the top center. The association's logo, name, "Lake Success, New York, 11042" and the motto "Putting people first" appear in the upper-left corner. Authentic items are issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Englewood, Colorado, and are payable through JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Denver, Colorado. Authentic items have ornate borders on both sides and along the top, and a security feature description is printed below the top border.
Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association
Lake Success, NY

Contact:
Charles Judson
Telephone: (516) 327-7830
Fax: (516) 327-7481

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-191-2005
December 19, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 102000979, which is assigned to the account of Integrated Payment Systems Inc., Englewood, Colorado, held at JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Denver, Colorado. Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association issues official checks through Integrated Payment Systems Inc., Englewood, Colorado. The counterfeit items also display a shadow-box border, while authentic checks display a scroll border. Authentic items display "Official Check" in an elongated box within the border and a lock in the lower-right side of the check. The counterfeit items display "Official Check" in an oval in the top-center portion of the check and do not display a lock.
Astoria Federal Savings
Lake Success, NY

Contact:
Charles Judson
Telephone: (516) 327-7830
Fax: (516) 327-7481

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-82-2009
June 3, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 221472815, which is assigned to Astoria Federal Savings. The items are similar to authentic money orders; however, the counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. An "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" line is displayed in the lower-right corner. Authentic money orders have ornate borders on three sides. The word "MONEY ORDER" appears inside a rectangle embedded in the top border. The following security statement appears below the top border on each side of the rectangle: "HOLD THIS DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." The words "SENDER" and "ADDRESS" appear along the bottom.
Athens Federal Community Bank
Athens, TN

Contact:
Don Long
Telephone: (423) 745-1111, extension 1148
Fax: (423) 745-1528

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-104-2010
August 3, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 264271183, which is assigned to Athens Federal Community Bank. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display a padlock icon and a vertical security feature statement along the right side. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name and address are in the top center. A heat-sensitive icon appears near the bottom of the items. A second padlock icon appears to the right side of the signature line in the lower-right corner. Authentic cashier's checks are blue with ornate borders. The words "MAIN OFFICE CASHIER CHECK" appear on the right side above the signature line. The bank's name, city, state and ZIP code are in the top-left corner.
Athens Federal Community Bank
Athens, TN

Contact:
Don Long
Telephone: (423) 745-1111, extension 1148 or (800) 526-3572
Fax: (423) 745-1528

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-116-2008
May 30, 2008
The items are reportedly associated with a Canadian lottery scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 264271183, which is assigned to Athens Federal Community Bank. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display a darkened top border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name and address are in the top center. A security padlock and vertical statement are shown on the right side. "PAY" and "TO THE ORDER OF" are shown separately on the left side. Authentic cashier's checks have ornate borders, blue print and red check numbers. The words "MAIN OFFICE CASHIER CHECK" appear in the lower-right corner above the signature line. The bank's logo, name, city, state and zip code appear in the top-left corner. The words "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" are shown together on one line on the left side.
Athol Savings Bank
Athol, Massachusetts

Contact:
Cheryl D'Ambra
Telephone: (978) 249-7262, extension 402

Counterfeit Checks


SA-201-2008
October 3, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211370998, which is assigned to Athol Savings Bank. The bank's name and address are displayed in the top center of the check. Authentic treasurer's checks display the bank's logo in the top-left corner. The words "TREASURERS CHECK-MAIN OFFICE" appear in bold letters in the top center of the check. The statement "NOT VALID AFTER 90 DAYS" is shown below the written amount line.
Athol Savings Bank
Athol, Massachusetts

Contact:
Cheryl D'Ambra
Telephone: (978) 249-7262, extension 402
Fax: (978) 249-2467

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-43-2006
February 28, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211370998, which is assigned to Athol Savings Bank. The counterfeit items also display the bank's name and street address in the top-left portion of the check and the wording "Cashier's Check" in the top center.

The bank issues treasurer's checks instead of cashier's checks. Authentic checks display the words "TREASURERS CHECK" followed by a branch office name in the top-center portion of the check. Authentic checks also display the bank's logo of the letters "ASB" and the year "1867" inside of a circle in the top-left corner of the check. Adjacent to the logo is the bank's name above the following statement: "Proud of Our Past, Focused on the Future."
Atlantic Bank, New York, NY

Contact: Mr. Paul De Stefano

Telephone: (212) 714-7431
E-mail: PDESTEFANO@ABNY.COM
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
FDIC FIL-67-2001
August 14, 2001
The counterfeit items bear no resemblance to the legitimate checks. The address of 211 W. 53rd Street, New York, New York, does not match any Atlantic Bank branch location. At least three of the items received reflect check number 0257640.
Atlantic Central Bankers Bank
Camp Hill, Pennsylvania

Contact:
Regina Malloy
Phone (717) 737-9335, Ext 147
FAX: (717) 737-7975

Fraudulent Checks


SA-34-2006
February 16, 2006
The fraudulent items display the routing number 031301752, which is assigned to Atlantic Central Bankers Bank. In addition, the fraudulent items bear an "ACBB" logo and the words "Atlantic Central Bankers Bank" in the top-left corner. In the lower-left corner, the items display the bank's name and address, and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank.

Like other bankers banks, Atlantic Central Bankers Bank does not issue treasurer's, official or cashier's checks.
Atlantic Coast Bank
Waycross, GA

Contact:
Carol Bell
Phone (912) 284-22147

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2013-5
February 16, 2006
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 261271717 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various Internet scams.

The counterfeit checks may be identified by the following: Counterfeit items may be lavender or pink in color and contain various security warnings in the top border. The items presented to date in reference to the mystery shopping scam have been made payable in the amount of $4,780. Counterfeit checks issued in other scams vary in amount; however, all checks have been dated April 25, 2013, and contain serial numbers from 66000 through 69000.
Atlantic Pacific Bank
Santa Rosa, CA

Contact:
Sheila Thomas Moran
Phone (707) 543-2702
Fax: (707) 543-2703

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-84-2007
April 2, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 121144311, which is assigned to Atlantic Pacific Bank. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed in the top-center area. A green globe logo is printed in the upper-left corner to the left of the bank's name, city, state and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. A padlock security symbol is embedded in the right border. Authentic checks display "Cashiers Check" in the right-center area, below the dollar amount. A black globe logo is printed between the words "Atlantic" and "Pacific" in the upper-left corner to the left of the bank's address. The top and bottom borders are green.
Atlantic South Bank
Dublin, GA

Contact:
Anne Reaves
Phone (478) 272-3082
Fax: (478) 272-7919

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-144-2009
August 20, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 061212170, which is assigned to Wheeler County State Bank. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. A "VOID" background is displayed when copied. The bank's name – appearing as "atlantic South Bank," with the first letter "a" in "Atlantic" lowercased - is displayed in the top-left corner. Authentic checks have a blue and green background. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border. The numerical value has arrows in front of it and the written amount under each number. Under the authorized signature line are the statements "SIGNATURE HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND. BORDER CONTAINS MICROPRINTING."
AuburnBank
Auburn, AL

Contact:
Barbara Wilcox
Telephone: (334) 887-2793 or (334) 821-9200
Fax: (334) 887-2772

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-198-2008
October 3, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 062202574, which is assigned to AuburnBank. In addition, the items display a notice of "VOID OVER" followed by a dollar amount, which is shown directly below "CASHIER'S CHECK." Above the signature line the word "Drawer" and the bank's address are shown. Authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" within a box with arrows at both ends located at the top of the check. The bank's logo, name and address appear in the bottom-left corner. A padlock icon is shown below the dollar amount on the right side of the check.
Auburn State Bank
Auburn, Nebraska

Contact:
Deb Gotrian
Telephone: (402) 274-4342
Fax: (402) 274-4918

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-18-2006
February 8, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 104900938, which is assigned to Auburn State Bank, and are similar to authentic checks. However, the counterfeit checks display the wording "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED IF OVER $5000.00" directly above the first authorized signature line, while authentic cashier's checks display the wording "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED IF OVER $500.00" directly above the first authorized signature line. In addition, authentic cashier's checks display a lock beneath the word "DOLLARS" on the right side of the check and a telephone number beneath the bank's address on the lower-left side. The counterfeit items do not display either a lock or the bank's telephone number.