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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.

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Institution Name Type of Item
Date of Alert
Details
Cache Bank & Trust
Greeley, Colorado

Contact:
Mr. Jeffery C. Dove
Telephone: (970) 506-7134
FAX: (970) 351-7878

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

SA-71-2003
November 7
The counterfeit checks are being mailed to consumers as sweepstakes winnings. The counterfeit checks display the bank's routing number of 122037171, and the layout closely resembles that of an authentic cashier's check. However, the counterfeit checks have rounded edges and have a remitter line in the bottom left corner. Conversely, authentic checks are straight-edged and have a memo line in the bottom left corner.
California Bank & Trust
San Diego, California

Contact:
Charles R. Ott
Telephone: (510) 808-1643
Fax: (510) 808-1649

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-157-2006
May 31, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122043149, which is assigned to Integrated Payment Systems, Englewood, Colorado, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items state in the lower-left corner that they are "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc, Englewood, Colorado," through "America Bank, Los Angeles, CA." The bank's Palmdale Branch address is printed in the top-center portion of the item. A large "CB" logo appears as a watermark on the right side of the counterfeit item, and "SIGNATURE HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND" is printed in the lower-right corner. The following statement is embedded in the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BACKGROUND AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK CERTIFICATION SEAL ON THE BACK – HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW SEAL." The counterfeit items have printed borders along all sides.

Authentic checks state in the lower-left corner that they are issued by "Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Englewood, California," through "Comerica Bank, Los Angeles, CA." "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK" is printed along the top center. Authentic checks do not include printed borders or an address.
California Bank & Trust
San Diego, California

Contact:
Mr. Charles Ott
Telephone: (510) 808-1644
Fax: (510) 808-1649

Missing Cashier's Checks


SA-11-2004
February 17, 2004
The bank's routing number, which is printed on the checks, is 122232109. The missing check numbers range from 21608001 to 21608125 and 21608376 to 21608500.
California Bank & Trust
San Diego, California
(Long Beach, California branch)

Contact: Mr. Clayton Manning
Telephone: (714) 861-7644
FAX: (714) 861-7676
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-39-2003
July 9, 2003
The counterfeit instruments include the bank's routing number of 122232109.
While the counterfeit instruments are laid out similarly to the bank's authentic cashier's checks, the print type and font size are different.
California National Bank (doing business as CalNational),
Los Angeles, California

Contact:
Ms. Irma Rios-Rodriguez
Telephone: (213) 443-1752
Fax: (213) 620-8760

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-300-2006
October 17, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with mystery shopping and lottery scams. Correspondence that accompanies the counterfeit items appears to be from "Wealth Management Incorporation," Calgary, Alberta, Canada. Recipients are notified of their winning status and are instructed to pay withholding taxes on the total prize amount.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 322284892, which is assigned to California National Bank, and are printed on blue-speckled paper with a greenish tinge on the left side. The following security statement is printed along the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A GREEN & BLUE BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK - HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." Printed along the bottom border, below the signature line, is the statement: "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT& FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING." In addition, the counterfeit items include a telephone number, which is not associated with bank, below the bank's name and address in the upper-left corner.

Authentic checks have the following security statement along the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK; ABSENCE OF THIS FEATURE WILL INDICATE A COPY." When photocopied, the word "VOID" appears throughout the checks. Authentic checks are printed on light blue paper with a slightly darker blue trim.
California National Bank
Los Angeles, California

Contact:
Ms. Irma Rios-Rodriguez
Telephone: (213) 443-1752

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-15-2004
March 3, 2004
The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank, but do not display the bank's proper routing number of 322284892. In the upper left-hand corner of the authentic checks, the bank's address and logo as well as the symbols for Equal Housing Lender and Member FDIC are displayed.
California National Bank
Century City, California
Contact: Ms. Irma Rios-Rodriguez
Telephone: (213) 443-1752
FAX: (213) 620-1272
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-21-2003
May 14, 2003
The counterfeit items are in circulation. The counterfeit instruments include the routing number 122000496, which belongs to Union Bank of California. The address of the California National Bank branch on the counterfeit item also does not have the word "Stars" capitalized. These numbers are the same ones used on counterfeit items drawn on The Eastman National Bank, listed below.
California Oaks State Bank
Thousand Oaks, California

Contact:
Catherine Giuffre
Telephone: (805) 496-6774
Fax: (805) 496-0014

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-88-2006
April 12, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122242681, which is assigned to California Oaks State Bank. The counterfeit items do not display a logo or the bank's mailing address. The items display the wording "MATCH THE AMOUNT IN WORDS WITH THE AMOUNT IN NUMBERS" on a line between the dollar amount and the signature line. A bar code is displayed above the left side of the signature line. Also, "Cashier's Check" is repeated on the top center and bottom center of the item.

Authentic cashier's checks display a logo of an oak tree adjacent to the bank's name, address and toll-free telephone number in the top-left corner of the check. Also, "Cashier's Check," which is displayed in the top-center portion of the check, is not repeated on the bottom of the check.
Cambridge Savings Bank
Cambridge, MA

Contact:
Bert L. Chesterton, Jr.
Telephone: (617) 441-4321
Fax: (617) 520-5305

Counterfeit Treasurer's Checks


SA-79-2005
July 11, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 211371120 for Cambridge Savings Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The layout, style and fonts are different. Counterfeit items do not have the Cambridge Savings Bank logo and include an 800-telephone number that is not associated with Cambridge Savings Bank. Authentic treasurer's checks include an "IMPORTANT NOTICE" at the top center of the check and do not have a telephone number on the check.
Canada Post Corporation
Ottawa, Ontario

Contact:
Mr. Denis Robillard
Telephone: (613) 734-9772
FAX: (613) 734-4643

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-63-2003
October 14, 2003
The layout and fonts of the counterfeit money orders appear similar to those used on the genuine items. The genuine money orders, however, can only be purchased for a maximum value of $999.99 (Canadian or U.S.) and display a beaver-shaped watermark on their front. These counterfeit instruments have been presented to unsuspecting victims for payment of goods and services in both the United States and Canada. The authenticity of Canada Postal Money Orders can be verified by contacting the CPC at (800) 563-0444.
Cape Ann Savings Bank
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Contact:
Diane K. Rowlings or Amy Randazza
Telephone: (978) 282-5770

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-98-2006
April 13, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 011000028, which is assigned to State Street Bank and Trust Company, Boston, Massachusetts. Cape Ann Savings Bank issues "Money Order Checks" through State Street Bank and Trust Company. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks in the style and fonts used, and are apparently related to a Canadian lottery scam. Authentic checks display the wording "NOT TO EXCEED $300" above the wording "MONEY ORDER CHECK" in the lower-left portion of the check.
The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
Harwich Port, Massachusetts

Contact:
Diane K. Rowlings
Telephone: (508) 247-2128
Fax: (508) 247-5595
drowlings@capecodfive.com
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-340-2006
December 28, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211371078, which is assigned to The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic treasurer's checks. The counterfeit items display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-left corner. The bank's name, address, and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, are displayed in the top-center portion of the item.
The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank
Harwich Port, Massachusetts

Contact:
Diane K. Rowlings
Telephone: (508) 247-2128
Fax: (508) 247-5595
drowlings@capecodfive.com
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-96-2006
April 12, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211371078, which is assigned to The Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. The counterfeit items are currently associated with a "Secret Shopping Scam," wherein the consumer is asked to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of a payment system by sending the payment to a person in Canada. The bottom of the letter, explaining the secret shopping scam, has the advertising logos of several major companies. The counterfeit items display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" on the upper-left side of the item, and the bank name and location are displayed in the top-center portion of the item. Authentic checks are referred to as "treasurer's checks." The counterfeit items do not display a logo, but display a 1-888 telephone number, which is not associated with the bank.

Authentic checks display the wording "TREASURER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion of the check, with the wording "Negotiate Within Six Months of Date of Issue" appearing on the line directly beneath. Authentic checks display the bank name and logo in the top-left portion of the check. The bank name, followed by the city and state, is displayed in the lower-left portion of the treasurer's check.
Capital Bank & Trust Company
Nashville, Tennessee

Contact:
Ms. Henri Burton
Telephone: (615) 234-1658
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-76-2003
November 25, 2003
The counterfeit checks are drawn upon the bank and closely resemble an authentic check, accurately displaying the bank's logo and routing number of 064004181. However, the authentic checks have a micro-print signature line and a watermark on the back. The absence of these features will indicate a counterfeit check.
Carolina First Bank, Greenville, SC

Contact:
Stefani Cudic
Telephone: (864) 421-1348
Fax: (864) 241-1565

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-187-2005
December 9, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 053902197, which is assigned to Carolina First Bank. While the counterfeit checks are relatively similar to authentic checks, the counterfeit items display the following: "For Inquiries: 778-829-0436." Authentic checks display a lock to the right of the word "dollar," which the counterfeit items do not contain.
Castle Bank & Trust Company
Meriden, CT

Contact:
Robert Nixon.
Telephone: (203) 639-2806
Fax: (203) 639-2808

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-101-2005
August 17, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 011110620, which is assigned to Castle Bank & Trust Company. The counterfeit and authentic checks are markedly dissimilar. Authentic checks contain the bank's logo on the upper-left side of the check. The words "Official Check" appear in the top, center portion of the authentic checks. Authentic checks do not contain an address or telephone number. Counterfeit checks do not display the bank's logo and are referred to as "Cashier's Check." Bank management has reported that the telephone number printed on the counterfeit checks is answered with the bank's name, although the number is not associated with the bank.
Cathay Bank
Los Angeles, CA

Contact:
Joyce Vogler
Telephone: (626) 582-7372
Fax: (626) 484-4860

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-106-2005
August 18, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 122037171 for the processing of Cathay Bank official checks, which are issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Englewood, Colorado. The counterfeit items appear similar to authentic bank checks; however, the counterfeit items do not include the bank logo on the left of the bank name and address, and the counterfeit items do not include the scroll border along the top and sides of the check.
Center Bank of Jacksonville, N.A., Jacksonville, Florida

Contact:
Janice B. Dixon
Telephone: (904) 421-3712
Fax: (904) 421-5682
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-198-2005
December 28, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to CenterBank of Jacksonville, N.A. The paper stock of the counterfeit items has a cross-stitch patterned border; authentic checks have a cloud-like background with a black border. In addition, the counterfeit items display the following statement in the lower-left portion of the item: "PAYABLE THRU FIRSTAR BANK OF MINNESOTA, N.A., ST.PAUL, MN." Authentic cashier's checks display the statement "PAYABLE THRU US BANK, ST. PAUL, MN" in the lower-left portion of the check.
Center Bank
Los Angeles, California
Contact: Ms. Mary Makolaitis Ryan
Telephone: (213) 251-2260;
FAX: (213) 251-2272
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

FDIC SA-13-2003
March 11, 2003
The items are in circulation. NOTE: The counterfeit instruments identify the drawn-upon bank as California Center Bank, the bank's former name. All of the known counterfeit items include the bank's routing number of 122041235. The reported counterfeit items, while similar in layout to genuine instruments, use different fonts and do not have symbols to the left of the bank logo.
Centier Bank, Whiting, Indiana

Contact:
Mary C. Phillips
Telephone: (219) 663-5100

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-45-2004
July 27, 2004
The counterfeit items display the bank's logo for official checks. However, on the fraudulent items, the bank's logo runs into the top line of the check, while on the authentic official checks, the logo is clearly separate from the top line. In addition, the numbers in the MICR line of the counterfeit checks are in a very large bold font. Both the counterfeit and authentic official checks are drawn on Travelers Express Company.
Central Bank
Lebanon, Missouri

Contact:
Donita Price
Fax: (417) 532-2001

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-323-2006
December 1, 2006
Counterfeit official checks bearing the name The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio, and the routing number assigned to Central Bank, Lebanon, Missouri, are in circulation. The counterfeit items display the routing number 081502815, which is assigned to Central Bank. Except for having the same routing number, the counterfeit items bear no resemblance to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display "Huntington" centered at the top and directly beneath a hexagon-shaped logo. In the lower-left corner, the items include an issuer and payee in the following order: "ISSUED BY: TRAVELERS EXPRESS COMPANY, INC." and "BOSTON SAFE DEPOSIT & TRUST CO." Authentic checks display the bank's name and location in the top-center portion. Authentic checks have no reference to The Huntington National Bank, Travelers Express Company, Inc., or to Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Co.
Central Bank
Lebanon, Missouri

Contact:
Donita Price
Telephone: (417) 532-2151

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-72-2004
October 7, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 081502815 for Central Bank. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks are printed on a blue and white background. The counterfeit items are off-white with a blue border. Authentic cashier's checks indicate that an officer's signature is required for amounts of $3,000 and over. Most counterfeit items indicate that an officer's signature is required for amounts of $50,000 and over, although some indicate $3,000 and over.
Central California Bank
Sonora, California

Contact:
Marilyn Goode
Telephone: (209) 536-5264

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-30-2005
March 14, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 121142517 for Central California Bank. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks have a decorative scroll border framing the checks. Counterfeit items do not have this border.
Central Florida State Bank,
Belleview, Florida
Contact: Mr. Earl Green
Telephone: (352) 347-4800
FAX: (352) 347-4801
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-33-2003
June 19, 2003
The counterfeit cashier's checks are drawn on Central Florida State Bank, Belleview, Florida, and payable through Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Co., Boston, Massachusetts. The counterfeit instruments have the bank's routing number of 011007092.
Central Pacific Bank,
Honolulu, HI
Contact: Kenneth Fujita
Telephone: (808) 832-1203
Fax: (808) 832-1204
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-240-2006
August 23, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122042205, which is assigned to Preferred Bank, Los Angeles, California. Central Pacific Bank issues cashier's checks through a payable-through account at Preferred Bank. On the counterfeit items, the following security wording is embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." "KAHULUI BRANCH" is printed over the logo. A toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, is displayed below the bank's name.

Authentic cashier's checks display the following security statement across the top of the check: "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." In the top portion of the check, below "CASHIER'S CHECK," is a hologram.
Centrix Bank & Trust
Bedford, New Hampshire

Contact:
Gary Inamorati
Telephone: (603) 647-4446
Fax: (603) 647-6466

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-22-2006
February 8, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 011402024, which is assigned to Centrix Bank & Trust, but are dissimilar to authentic checks in style. The bank's name is displayed in both the upper-left corner and in the top center of the counterfeit items. In addition, a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, is displayed in the top center of the counterfeit items.

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's logo, name, location and local telephone number in the upper-left portion of the check. The wording "CASHIERS CHECK" is displayed in the top- center portion of the check.
Charlevoix State Bank
Charlevoix, Michigan

Contact:
Lisa Spang
Phone: (231) 547-4411
Fax: (231) 547-7744

Fraudulent Treasury Checks


SA-93-2006
April 12, 2006
The fraudulent items display the routing number 072413683, which is assigned to Charlevoix State Bank; however, Charlevoix State Bank does not issue treasury checks. The fraudulent items bear the bank's logo and name in the upper-left corner, and "TREASURY CHECK" is printed in the top center. The bank's name, address and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, are printed in the lower-left corner.
The Chelsea Groton Savings Bank
Norwich, Connecticut

Contact:
Donna Thompson
Telephone: (860) 823-4906
Fax: (860) 823-4969

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-107-2006
April 14, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211173357, which is assigned to The Chelsea Groton Savings Bank; however, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the bank's logo and "ChelseaGroton" in the upper-left corner above the words "Cashier's Check." "Chelsea Groton Savings Bank" appears in the top center above the name of a branch location and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. The counterfeit items are pink and have one signature line in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks bear the words "Treasurer's Check" in the top center. The bank logo, name and a Groton, Connecticut, address appear in the upper-left corner. Authentic checks are purple and have two signature lines in the lower-right corner. The statements "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER" and "THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS DOCUMENT INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW" are printed in the top and bottom borders, respectively.
Chelsea Groton Savings Bank
Norwich, CT

Contact:
Donna Thompson
Telephone: (860) 823-4906
Fax: (860) 823-4901

Counterfeit Checks


SA-120-2005
August 9, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 211173357 for The Chelsea Groton Savings Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. In the counterfeit items, the bank name is stacked with one word on top of the other (“Chelsea” on top, “Groton” in the middle and “Bank” at the bottom) in the upper-left portion of the item. In authentic checks, the bank name appears horizontally as “ChelseaGroton Bank” (no space between “Chelsea” and “Groton”), preceded by the bank logo, in the upper-left portion of the check. Also in authentic checks, the wording “Treasurer's Check” appears in the top-center area of the check; counterfeit items do not include this wording.
Chevron Credit Bank, National Association
Murray, Utah

Contact:
Sheri Comstock
Murray, Utah 84107-7590
Telephone: (925) 827-7744

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-13-2006
January 23, 2006
The counterfeit items display the following wording across the top of the instrument: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." "CHEVRONTEXACO" appears in all capital letters in the top-right portion of the counterfeit item, followed by the bank's correct post office box address. "Citibank Delaware" appears in the top-center portion of the counterfeit item followed by the address "One Penne Way, New Castle, DE 19720-2408." A table is located in the right-center of the counterfeit item and includes cells captioned "Reference," "Date," "Check No." and "Amount."

Authentic official checks display "ChevronTexaco" in the top-left portion of the check. "CHEVRON CREDIT BANK, N.A." is printed in all capital letters in the top-center portion of the authentic check, followed by the bank's address, "P.O. Box 5010, Concord, CA 94524." "CITIBANK DELAWARE, A SUBSIDIARY OF CITICORP, ONE PENN'S WAY, NEW CASTLE, DE 19720" is printed in the bottom-left portion of the authentic check. The signature on authentic checks is "ChevronTexaco," not an individual. The backside of the authentic check has an endorsement box and lists the following security features: chainlink, watermarking, microprinting, and visible fibers.
Chevron Credit Bank, N.A.
Murray, Utah

Contact:
OCC
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2006-3
January 9, 2006
The bank has reported that counterfeit official checks, issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 031100209, are being presented for payment. The counterfeit checks differ significantly from the authentic checks.
Chester County Bank
Henderson, TN

Contact: Connie Austin
Telephone: (731) 989-4684
Fax: (731) 989-2442

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-195-2006
July 14, 2006
The counterfeit items are associated with a lottery scam and are accompanied by a sweepstakes notification letter that is purportedly from "Prudential Locators Inc." There are different versions of the letter, including one that informs the recipient of unclaimed prize money, and another that references expediting the payment of the recipient's processing fee related to the recipient's winnings.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 084301479, which is assigned to Chester County Bank, and contain the following statement embedded in the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT IS PRINTED RED • THE BACK CONTAINS A SIMULATED WATERMARK." The counterfeit items also display the bank's logo in the top-left corner followed by the words "CASHIER'S CHECK." Along the top center, "CHESTER COUNTY BANK, Henderson, TN, 1-866-273-7198" is printed on three lines. The printed telephone number is not associated with the bank.

Authentic checks display the bank's logo in the top-center portion of the check. Authentic checks do not have security wording embedded in the top border, and they have printed lines for the "REMITTER," "DATE" and "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" amount and signature fields. In addition, the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed in the lower-left portion of the check.
Chinatrust Bank (U.S.A.), Torrance, CA


Contact:
Ivy Hu Tran
Telephone: (310) 791-2828, extension 247
Fax: (310) 791-2880

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-166-2005
November 21, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122210406, which is assigned to Chinatrust Bank (U.S.A.). The counterfeit items are very similar to authentic checks. However, the logo on the counterfeit items is rectangular, while the logo on authentic checks is circular and contains the wording "We are Family." The counterfeit items display "(U.S.A.)" on the second line of the bank's name and location, while authentic checks display the letters after Chinatrust Bank. The counterfeit items and authentic checks both display the bank location as "City of Industry, CA 91748."
Chino Commercial Bank, N.A., Chino, CA


Contact:
Robin Mora
Telephone: (909) 393-8880 Fax: (909) 465-1279

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-165-2005
November 18, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122037711, which is not assigned to Chino Commercial Bank, N.A. The routing number assigned to Chino Commercial Bank, N.A., is 122243062. The counterfeit items are referred to as "Official Checks"; however, the bank issues cashier's checks. In addition, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks in their style, font and layout.
Chittenden Trust Company, Burlington, Vermont


Contact:
Mary Lou Amidon
Telephone: (802) 258-5015

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-50-2004
August 9, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 011600062 for Chittenden Trust Company and closely resemble authentic Cashier's checks. However, authentic instruments are printed on gray check paper stock and do not have a decorative border. Conversely, counterfeit items are printed on light peach-colored check paper stock and have a decorative border.
The Citizens Bank
Farmington, New Mexico

Contact:
Phyllis Gallegos
Telephone: (505) 599-0192
Fax: (505) 566-1173

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-92-2005
July 29, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 102202078 for The Citizens Bank. The counterfeit items and authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks are printed on either a blue or green background. The counterfeit items have been printed on a pink background.
The Citizens Bank
Farmington, New Mexico

Contact:
Phyllis Gallegos
Telephone: (505) 599-0192

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-92-2005
July 29, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 102202078 for The Citizens Bank. The counterfeit items and authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks are printed on either a blue or green background. The counterfeit items have been printed on a pink background.
Citizens Bank of Lafayette
Lafayette, Tennessee

Contact:
Ms. Susan Rogers
Telephone: (615) 666-2195
Fax: (615) 666-7044

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-21-2004
March 23, 2004
The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the bank's proper routing number of 064102740. The authentic checks display two signature lines, have a microprint border, and are printed on green check paper stock. The counterfeit instruments have only one signature line and are printed on both pink and white check paper stock.
Citizens Banking Bompany
Sandusky, OH

Contact:
Geriann M. Sartor
Telephone: (419) 625-4121
Fax: (419) 621-1485

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-65-2005
June 14, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 041201635, which is assigned to The Citizens Banking Company. There are at least two versions of the counterfeit checks in circulation, and both are dissimilar to authentic checks. The first version of the counterfeit check has a background that changes from green on the left-hand side of the check to blue on the right-hand side of the check. The signature area is included in a fingerprint check box. The second version has a green background. Both counterfeit check versions have disclosures and statements surrounding the signature line that do not appear on authentic checks. In addition, the wording on the amount line is different.
Citizens Community Bank
Mascoutah, Illinois

Contact:
Telephone: (618) 566-8800
Stolen or Missing Money Orders


SA-33-2004
April 16, 2004
These instruments are drawn on the institution and display the routing number of 081025363. The stolen or missing money orders are numbered 208501 through 208600.
Citizens Community Federal
Eau Claire, WI

Contact:
Becky Johnson
Telephone: (715) 836-9994, ext. 120
Fax: (715) 831-4299
Counterfeit Checks


SA-245-2006
August 24, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071004501, which is assigned to the Federal Home Loan Bank, Chicago, Illinois. Citizens Community Federal issues checks through the Federal Home Loan Bank. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic checks issued by the bank's Altoona, Wisconsin, branch. The following statement is embedded in the top border of the counterfeit items: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." Embedded in the top border of authentic checks is the following statement: "THIS CHECK HAS VARIOUS SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDING COLORED BACKGROUND, MICROPRINTING & LINED WATERMARK."
Citizens Community Federal
Eau Claire, WI

Contact:
Becky Johnson
Telephone: (715) 836-9994, ext. 120
Fax: (715) 831-4299
Counterfeit Cashiers Checks


SA-48-2005
April 27, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071004501, which is assigned to the clearing bank for Citizens Community Federal. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are dissimilar. Authentic instruments have a logo on the upper-left side of the check. The counterfeit checks do not have the bank logo, but have the security padlock icon on the right side of the check face.
Citizens Guaranty Bank
Richmond, KY

Contact:
Scott Harris
Telephone: (606) 723-2139, extension 2174
Alternate: (606) 723-2023
Fax: (606) 723-2142

Counterfeit Cashiers Checks


SA-308-2006
November 16, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with various scams, including Internet job offers, e-mails from unknown persons, and scam letters with postmarks from the United States, Denmark or Nigeria. The counterfeit items display the routing number 042101475, which is assigned to Citizens Guaranty Bank, and are very similar to authentic cashier's checks. Bank management reported that the MICR line is not machine-readable. To date, all counterfeit items have included the name "Vivian Johnson" as the remitter, and all have displayed serial numbers within the ranges of 131470 to 139176 or 140057 to 14150.
Citizens National Bank
Bluffton, Ohio

Contact:
Phonebusters
Telephone: +1 (888) 495-8501 (toll-free in Canada and the USA)
Fax: +1 (888) 654-9426 (toll-free in Canada and the USA)
info@phonebusters.com
wafl@phonebusters.com Advance fee fraud (including Nigerian and lottery letters): wafl@phonebusters.com

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-164-2006
June 15, 2006
The Citizens National Bank of Bluffton, Bluffton, Ohio, has contacted the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are associated with an apparent lottery scam and are accompanied by a letter purportedly sent by "Emerging Financial Group" regarding the "USA Mega Millions Jackpot." Although the letters have a Tacoma, Washington, address, they are postmarked in Canada.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 041212983, which is assigned to The Citizens National Bank of Bluffton. The counterfeit items also display a fictitious "CNB" logo enclosed within a darkened box, followed by the bank name of "CITIZENS NATIONAL BANK" in a ribbon that is centered at the top of the item. The words "DOWNTOWN" and "UPTOWN" appear on either side of the logo. The word "PURCHASER" is located in the upper-left corner, and the statement "THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS SECURITY FEATURES–SEE REVERSE" is embedded in the top border. A "Notice to Customers" is located in the center, and "Payable Through BB&T, Charleston, WV" is printed in the lower-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are printed in the lower- center portion of the item, followed by a gold seal.

There are three styles of authentic cashier's checks. All checks contain italicized text under the legal line detailing the security features and have silver foil on the check's face. The words "Original Financial Instrument," "Original Document," or simply a line printed down the left side of the check may be embedded within the foil. All checks include a perforated left side;a logo in the center, followed by the city, state and zip code of the issuing office; and the bank's Web site (www.cnbohio.com). The following city, state and zip codes are legitimate:

Bluffton, Ohio 45817
Elida, Ohio 45807
Lima, Ohio 45802
Celina, Ohio 45822
Findlay, Ohio 45840
Van Wert, Ohio 45891
Citizens National Bank
Bluffton, OH

Contact:
OCC
(202) 874-5214

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2006-28
June 5, 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 041212983 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.
Citizens National Bank
Cameron, Texas

Contact:
Jeannine Dohnalik
Telephone: (254) 697-6653
Fax: (254) 697-6504

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-47-2006
March 1, 2006
The counterfeit items display a fictitious routing number of 044015543 and contain the following security statement in 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." The counterfeit items also display a logo of the letters "NB" encircled in a large letter "C." Below the bank's name is the following address: "102 W 18th Street, Cameron, TX 76250." In addition, the following statement appears below the "Authorized Signature" line: "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING."

Authentic cashier's checks contain a designed border with a security lock logo, and a security statement on the right side. The bank's logo of an enlarged letter "C" containing stars and stripes appears to the left of the bank's name in the top-center portion of the cashier's check. The city names of Cameron, Rockdale, Taylor, and Giddings appear below the bank name. The "Notice to Customers" appears in the bottom-left portion of the check and directly above the words "CASHIER'S CHECK."
Citizens National Bank
Cameron, Texas

Contact:
OCC
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2006-7
January 9, 2006
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks, issued in the bank's name and using a fictitious routing number of 044015543, are being presented for payment
Citizens National Bank, N.A.
Bossier City, LA

Contact:
Jim Keel
Telephone: (318) 747-6000
Fax: (318) 741-8290

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-156-2005
November 4, 2005
The counterfeit cashier's checks display the routing number 01102133, which is assigned to The Citizens National Bank, Putnam, Connecticut. The counterfeit items also display an incorrect bank address of 9920 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport, Louisiana 71106, and a fraudulent telephone number of 1-800-376-1094. The bank's name appears in both the top-left corner and top-left center of the check, but the bank's logo is missing. The wording "SIGNATURE HAS A COLOURED BACKGROUND" is printed under the signature line at the bottom of the check.

Authentic cashier's checks display the proper routing 111103524. The bank's logo, name, address and telephone number appear in the top-center portion of the check. A notice appears under the term "Cashier's Check" stating: "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS – THE PURCHASE OF AN INDEMNITY BOND WILL BE REQUIRED BEFORE AN OFFICIAL CHECK OF THIS BANK WILL BE REPLACED OR REFUNDED IN THE EVENT IT IS LOST, MISPLACED OR STOLEN."
Citizens National Bank, N.A.
Bossier City, LA

Contact:
Jim Keel
(318) 747-6000

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


OCC: Alert 2005-19
October 21, 2005
The counterfeit checks may be identified by the following: a stock computer check of an unknown color contains an incorrect ABA number of 011102133, an incorrect bank address of 9920 Ellerbe Road, Shreveport, LA 71106, and a fraudulent telephone number of 1-800-376-1094. The bank's name appears in both the top left corner and top left center of the check, but the bank's logo is missing. Also, a notice: "SIGNATURE HAS A COLOURED BACKGROUND," is printed under the signature line at the bottom.
Citizens Savings Bank and Trust Company
Nashville, Tennessee

Contact:
Ms. Juliece Perkins
Telephone: (615) 327-9787
FAX: (615) 327-0016

Stolen Cashier's Checks


SA-69-2003
January 28, 2004
The bundle of cashier's checks, numbered 10024364 through 10024402, were stolen.
Citizens South Bank
Gastonia, North Carolina

Contact:
Jen Carey
Telephone: (704) 884-2275
FAX: (704) 868-0791

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-124-2006
April 28, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to U.S. Bank, National Association, St. Paul, Minnesota. Citizens South Bank issues official checks through an account with Travelers Express Company, Inc. (now known as Money Gram International, Inc.), held at U.S. Bank, National Association.

The counterfeit items have rounded corners and are printed on blue check stock with white marbling. The top border is dark blue and has the following statement embedded within the border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The logo on the counterfeit item uses a lower case "j" in the wording "just Right for You."

Authentic official checks are printed on sky blue check stock with clouds in the background and are framed with a rectangular border. Beneath the border, the following statement is displayed: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." Authentic checks display the bank's telephone number.
Citizens State Bank
Woodville, Texas

Contact:
Wanda Ferrell
Telephone: (409) 283-2561
Fax: (409) 283-7834

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-131-2005
May 1, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 113119105, which is assigned to Citizens State Bank. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic checks issued at the Marlin and Spurger Branches, but dissimilar to authentic checks issued at the Woodville Branch. The counterfeit items display the words "Drawer: Citizens State Bank" and "Marlin, TX 76661" on two lines above an "Authorized Signer" line in the lower-right corner.

Citizens State Bank issues three different types of authentic checks. The Marlin Branch authentic checks display a ram's head logo, name and a toll-free number in the top center. Authentic Marlin Branch checks are light green and have security feature descriptions printed on the reverse side. Spurger Branch authentic checks display the bank and branch name, city, state and post office box address in the top center. The titles "VICE PRESIDENT" and "ASST. CASHIER" appear above the signature line in the lower right on both Marlin and Spurger Branch checks. Authentic Woodville Main Branch checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" vertically along the left side. A ram's head logo, name and a toll-free telephone number appear in the upper-left corner. A description of security features is embedded inside the top border.
Citizens State Bank
New Baltimore, Michigan

Contact:
Marie Couch
Telephone: (586) 725-2291

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-76-2004
October 18, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 072410987; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic personal money orders. The counterfeit items display the bank name in the upper-left corner, while authentic personal money orders display the bank name in the lower-left portion of the personal money order. The counterfeit items are printed on a green background, while authentic instruments are printed on a tan background with a blue border.
Citizens Tri-County Bank
Dunlap, Tennessee

Contact:
Brenda C. Daugherty
Telephone: (423) 949-2173
Fax: (423) 949-4562

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-104-2006
April 13, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 064102070, which is assigned to Citizens Tri-County Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks in appearance. The counterfeit items display an incorrect branch address (in Nashville, TN) in the top-center portion of the item. Printed above the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner is the statement "THE PURCHASER OF AN INDEMNITY BOND MAY BE REQUIRED BEFORE ANY CASHIER'S CHECK OF THIS BANK WILL BE REPLACED OR REFUNDED IN THE EVENT IT IS LOST, MISPLACED OR STOLEN."

Authentic items bear the words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" above the signature line in the lower-right corner. The checks are issued on green check stock paper with black borders and printing.
Citizens Tri-County Bank
Dunlap, Tennessee

Contact:
C. Ann Smith
Telephone: (423) 949-2173

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-89-2004
November 19, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 064102070; however, the fraudulent instruments are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. Authentic checks have a remitter line in the upper-left corner and the bank logo is stamped in the upper-center of the check. The counterfeit items lack these features.
Citizens-Union Savings Bank
Fall River, MA

Contact:
Louis M. Steiblin, CFSSP
Phone: (508) 675-4487

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-208-2006
July 27, 2006
The counterfeit items bear the routing number 211372420, which is assigned to Citizens-Union Savings Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display "Cashier's Check" in the upper-left corner, and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, is printed below the bank's name, city, and state in the top center. Embedded in the top border is the statement "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER." Padlock symbols appear in the top-right corner and in the right border. A remitter line is printed in the lower-left corner. "PER:," is printed near the signature area in the lower-right corner. Embedded in the lower border is the statement "THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK – HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW." Authentic checks display "FALL RIVER, MASSACHUSETTS 02721" below the bank's name in the upper-left corner. Authentic checks are blue, do not bear the words "cashier's check," and display one authorized signature line in the lower-right corner.
Citrus and Chemical Bank
Bartow, Florida

Contact:
Jeffrey D. Hoch
Cell Phone: (863) 661-2753

Missing, Lost or Stolen Cashier's Checks


SA-90-2006
April 12, 2006
he serial numbers on the reported cashier's checks are 361201 through 361950 and 362201 through 363200, for a total of 1,750 cashier's checks.
City Bank
Lubbock, TX
Contact: Julia Beene
Telephone: (800) 687-2265
Fax: (806) 771-3343
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-178-2006
June 29, 2006
The counterfeit items bear the routing number 111301737, which is assigned to City Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items are green and display the bank's name and an "Everett, WA" address in the top-center portion of the item directly above a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. A description of security features is embedded in the top border of the counterfeit items. Authentic checks display the bank's name in cursive font, a logo and the words "MEMBER FDIC" in the top-center portion of the check. Authentic checks are blue and include a description of security features vertically along the right margin.
City Bank
Honolulu, Hawaii
Contact: Ms. Cindy M. Ching
Telephone: (808) 837-8577
FAX: (808) 837-8569
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
FDIC SA-12-2003
March 3, 2003
All of the known counterfeit items include the bank's routing number of 121201691. The counterfeit items, while laid out similarly to the bank's authentic instruments, utilize different fonts and have a "plain" appearance.
City Bank & Trust Company
Natchitoches, Louisiana

Contact:
Mr. Mickey Hennigan
Telephone: (318) 352-4416
Fax: (318) 352-4873

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-21-2004
March 23, 2004
The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the bank's routing number of 111102949. The counterfeit instruments closely resemble the bank's genuine checks; however, a photocopy of an authentic check will display "VOID" across the face of the check.
City National Bank of New Jersey
Newark, NJ

Contact:
Ronald Capitini
Telephone: (973) 624-0865
Fax: (973) 624-4369

Counterfeit Official Checks


ALERT 2006-69
December 13, 2006
Counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits: The bank’s CNB logo and name appear in the upper-left corner of the check with the words “Cashier’s Check” printed in the top-center portion of the item. An erroneous transit routing number is located in the top-right corner under the serial number and is printed as 25-077/312. A remitter line is located under the bank’s logo, and the bank name, street address, and an unassociated 800# appear in the lower left portion of the instrument. The payable amount is preceded by eight large arrows, and the following statement is printed in the bottom center portion of the check: “NO STOP PAYMENT PERMITTED FOR 90 DAYS.”
City National Bank
Beverly Hills, CA

Contact:
Martha Bedoy
Telephone: (213) 347-2678
Fax: (213) 347-2656

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-84-2005
July 14, 2005
The counterfeit items display a proper routing number of 122016066 for City National Bank; however, authentic official checks are payable through Wells Fargo Bank, Ltd., Los Angeles, California. The fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The layout, style and fonts are different. The counterfeit items use the term "CASHIER'S CHECK," which is located in the bottom-left portion of the check; City National Bank checks use the term "OFFICIAL CHECK," which is located at the top of the check.
City National Bank of Florida
Miami, Florida

Contact:
Mr. John Poorman
Telephone: (305) 577-7488
Fax: (305) 577-7309

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-88-2004
November 19, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 066004367 for City National Bank of Florida. The counterfeit items and authentic checks are similar; however, the counterfeit items display a "Notice to Customers" in the upper-left corner of the check that is not on the authentic instruments.
City National Bank of Florida
Miami, Florida

Contact:
Mr. John Poorman
Telephone: (305) 577-7488
Fax: (305) 577-7309

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-88-2004 (REVISED)
November 19, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 066004367 for City National Bank of Florida. The counterfeit items and authentic checks are similar. However, the counterfeit items do not provide an endorsement line on the back of the check. Additionally, the counterfeit items have a misspelling in the security warning that reads stains or “sports” may appear with chemical alteration; the genuine instruments have a security warning that reads stains or spots may appear with chemical alteration.
Clay County Bank, Inc., Clay, West Virginia

Contact:
Rebecca King
Telephone: (304) 587-4221
Fax: (304) 587-4231

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-7-2007
January 5, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with various scams, including lottery scams involving both Interactive Gaming Commission, Inc., and Silver Winnings Payment, as well as overpayment scams associated with hotel reservations and online purchases.

Counterfeit items display the routing number 051502641, which is assigned to Clay County Bank. Counterfeit items display a building logo adjacent to the bank's name and location in the top-center portion. Authentic checks display a logo consisting of the bank's initials adjacent to the bank's street address and telephone number, in the top-center portion. Security wording is printed in italics across the middle of authentic checks.
Clinton Savings Bank
Clinton, Massachusetts

Contact:
Bobbi-Jo A. Williams
Telephone: (978) 365-3700 ext 222
FAX: (978) 365-3719

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-69-2006
March 23, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211373115, which is assigned to Clinton Savings Bank. The bank issues treasurer's checks instead of cashier's checks. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic treasurer's checks in appearance.

The counterfeit items bear the bank's name; branch addresses, and a toll-free telephone number that is not associated with the bank in the upper-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. The counterfeit items are printed on security paper that fades from light blue on the left to pink on the right. Descriptions of security features are printed in the top blue border.

Authentic treasurer's checks display the bank's logo and name in the upper-left corner. The words "TREASURER'S CHECK - CLINTON" appear in the top center. "2 SIGNATURES REQUIRED IF OVER $10,000" is printed above the signature lines on the lower-right side. Authentic checks are light green with watermarks and display void markings when photocopied.
Coastal Community Bank
Everett, Washington

Contact:
Ms. Angela Anderson
Telephone: (425) 257-9000
Fax: (425) 257-0521

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA -4 -2004
January 15, 2004
The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the bank's routing number of 125108405. While the counterfeit instruments closely resemble authentic official checks, the authentic items have a hologram foil strip at the top of the check and display the bank's telephone number in the lower left-hand corner.
Coastal Federal Bank
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

Contact:
Mr. Ron Nolan
Telephone: (843) 205-2652

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-8-2004
February 9, 2004
The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the bank's routing number of 096016765. The counterfeit checks closely resemble the bank's genuine cashier's checks.
The Columbia Bank

Ellicott City, Maryland
Contact: Ms. Susan Booth
Telephone: (410) 418-8654
FAX: (410) 465-0052
Counterfeit Official Checks
SA-18-2003

April 2, 2003
The counterfeit checks are issued through Payment Systems, Inc. Englewood, California and are in circulation. The items bear the bank's routing number of 022000868. The reported counterfeit items do not resemble the authentic bank instruments.
Columbia State Bank
Tacoma, WA

Contact:
Michelle Hill
Telephone: (253) 471-4081
Fax: (253) 471-5030
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-186-2005
December 9, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 125108272, which is assigned to Columbia State Bank, and display the address "5501 Pacific Hwy E, Fife, WA 98424-2529." The bank has not had a branch at that address for three years. Authentic checks are protectographed with a facsimile signature of the respective branch manager.
Columbia State Bank (doing business as Columbia Bank)
Tacoma, Washington

Contact:
Michelle Hill
Telephone: (253) 471-4081
Fax: (253) 471-5030
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-317-2006
November 17, 2006
The counterfeit items include the routing number 022000868, which is assigned to Citibank, N.A., Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic money orders. The counterfeit items display the bank's logo, name, address and a phone number, which is not associated with the bank, in the upper-right corner. The wording "PAYABLE AT CITIBANK, N.A., NEW YORK" is displayed in the lower-left corner and "MONEY ORDER" is displayed in the top center of the items.
The Comanche National Bank
Comanche, TX

Contact:
Sue Magers
Telephone: (325) 356-2577
Fax: (325) 356-2752
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-180-2005
December 7, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111903407, which is assigned to The Comanche National Bank, but are very dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks in style, font and format. The counterfeit items display the wording "cashier's check" vertically along the left side of the check; authentic checks display the wording horizontally across the middle-right portion of the check. The counterfeit items state that the items are "Issued by 3Core Payment Systems, Inc., Houston, Texas"; authentic checks make no reference to a third- party vendor.
Comerica Bank
Detroit, Michigan

Contact:
Dianne Shovely
Telephone: (734) 632-5595
Fax: (734) 632-5227

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-105-2004
December 22, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 111000753; however, the fraudulent instruments are considerably different from authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display an "800" telephone number under the wording "CASHIERS CHECK" near the top center of the check. This is not a valid Comerica Bank telephone number. Comerica Bank uses several styles of cashier's checks.
Commerce Bank of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Contact:
Alan J. Wahl
Telephone: (520) 325-5200
Fax: (520) 327-0513

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-54-2005
May 20, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 122105922, which is assigned to Commerce Bank of Arizona. The counterfeit checks are markedly dissimilar from the authentic checks. The authentic checks are printed on plain blue stock, display the words "Cashier's Check," have the word "Date" in the upper left-hand corner, and have a six-digit check number. The counterfeit checks are on marbled stock, display the words "Official Check," have the date in the upper right-hand corner, and have an eight-digit check number.
Commercial Bank of Florida
Miami, Florida

Contact:
Ralph E. Coman
Phone: (305) 270-7167
Fax: (305) 274-2574
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-218-2006
August 1, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 066010377, which is assigned to Commercial Bank of Florida, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks in appearance. The counterfeit items are light blue with dark blue borders, and they display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center below a security features statement. An image copied from the bank's Web site appears in the top-left corner above the bank's address and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. "Remitter:" is printed in the lower-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks display the words "Cashier's Check" in the lower-left corner. The bank's logo and name appear in the top center. The bank's name is underlined and "MIAMI, FLORIDA" is printed below it. Authentic checks have a green herringbone pattern with black borders and print. A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMER" appears in the upper-left corner above a "REMITTER" field.
Commercial Bank of Texas
National Association, Nacogdoches, Texas

Contact:
Beverly Rice
Telephone: (936) 715-4130
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-73-2005
July 1, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 113102714 for Commercial Bank of Texas. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar.
Commonwealth Co-operative Bank
Boston, Massachusetts

Contact:
Ms. Laura M. Jewer
Telephone: (617) 227-2298

Counterfeit Checks


SA-56-2003
September 22, 2003
These counterfeit instruments include the bank's correspondent account number at Fleet Bank, 02091-07005, and Fleet Bank's routing number, 011000138. The items are almost exact duplicates of the bank's genuine checks, except for an incorrect address and the absence of a hyphen in the bank's name.
Community Bank
Staunton, VA
Contact: Joseph P. Zakaib
Phone: (540) 213-1230
Fax: (540) 213-1263
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-1-2007
January 4, 2007
Counterfeit items display the routing number 25147309, which is not a valid routing number. Counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and are printed on blue and purple paper. The phrase "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BACKGROUND AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK CERTIFICATION SEAL ON THE BACK - HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW SEAL" is embedded in the top border. The phrase "SIGNATURE HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND" is printed in the lower- right corner below the signature line. Authentic cashier's checks are printed on light green paper with black and green borders and black lettering.
Community Bank of Lawndale
Chicago, Illinois
Contact: Ms. Henrietta Dorsey
Telephone: (773) 533-6900
FAX: (773) 533-8215
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-11-2003
February 26, 2003
The counterfeit cashier's checks are in circulation. The items bear the bank's routing number of 071002095 and appear to be copies of an authentic bank instrument.
Community Bank of the Midwest
Great Bend, Kansas

Contact:
Billie Kuhlman
Telephone: (620) 792-5111
Fax: (620) 792-5168

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-84-2006
April 11, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122203471, which is assigned to Community Bank, Pasadena, California. The routing number assigned to Community Bank of the Midwest, Great Bend, Kansas, is 101107860. The counterfeit items are very similar to authentic cashier's checks, with the primary difference being the use of an incorrect routing number.
Community Bank of the Midwest
Great Bend, Kansas
Contact: Mr. Steven J. Sell Telephone: (620) 793-5702 FAX: (620) 792-5168
Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks
FIL-138-2002
December 13, 2002
Other elements that indicate a potentially counterfeit instrument include the absence of two signatures (especially on larger dollar checks), and the lack of a typewritten dollar amount. The counterfeit items bear the routing number 101107860 and appear to be quality copies of a cashier's check recently purchased from the bank.
Community Bank of Southern Indiana
New Albany, IN

Contact:
Tim Rigrish
Telephone: (812) 981-7360
Fax: (812) 949-6870

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-66-2005
June 13, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 096016765, which was assigned to the Travelers Express Company account at Firstar Bank in Minnesota. Firstar Bank has since become U.S. Bank National Association. The counterfeit checks are similar to authentic checks. However, the counterfeit checks have a toll-free telephone number printed under the bank's logo and security wording along the top border of the check. Authentic checks do not have a toll-free telephone number or the security wording.
Community Banking Company of Fitzgerald
Fitzgerald, GA

Contact:
Matt McCranie
Telephone: (229) 423-4321
Fax: (229) 423-6656

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-258-2006
September 8, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation in association with two letters for unclaimed winnings. The counterfeit items display the routing number 061204913, which is assigned to Community Banking Company of Fitzgerald, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display "CASHIER'S CHECK" inside a box near the top-center portion of the items. Centered on the right side of the items are "DATE" and "AMOUNT" boxes with the applicable date or amount displayed directly beneath the captions. Other than a signature line, no printed lines are displayed on the items. Authentic cashier's checks have a scroll border. Security wording is displayed across the top border. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed within a box that is incorporated into the top border. Ornate designs are displayed to the right and left sides of the box. The checks have preprinted lines for "DATE," "PAY TO THE ORDER OF," "REMITTER" and "DOLLARS."
Community National Bank of Sarasota County
Venice, FL

Contact:
Silverio Algarin
Telephone: (941) 488-6660
Fax: (941) 484-8153

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 253-2006
August 29, 2006
The items are reportedly originating in Ghana, Africa, and are associated with an Internet purchase scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 063112993, which is assigned to Community National Bank of Sarasota County, and are similar to authentic cashier's checks. However, the counterfeit items can be identified by the following:
  • The items are cream-colored;
  • The logo appears faded;
  • The abbreviation "NO." does not precede the check number;
  • The reverse side of the item contains endorsement instructions, lines for signatures, and "Federal Reserve Board of Governor Reg. CC.
Community National Bank of Sarasota County
Venice, FL

Contact:
Silverio Algarin
Telephone: (941) 488-6660
Fax: (941) 484-8153

Counterfeit CAshier's Checks


Alert 2006-44
August 17, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name, using a correct routing number of 63112993 and correct account number are being presented for payment locally and nationwide in connection with an Internet purchase scam. The counterfeit items can be identified by the following: the instruments are cream in color, the bank's logo appears faded, the word "No." does not appear in front of the check number, the reverse side of the check contains endorsement instructions, lines for signatures, and the words "Federal Reserve Board of Governor Reg. CC." The bank has been informed by law enforcement that the checks are originating out of Ghana, Africa.
Community State Bank, N.A.,
Ankeny, IA

Contact:
Scott Starr
Telephone: (515) 252-1131
Fax: (515) 276-4509
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-193-2005
December 21, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 073910114, which is assigned to Community State Bank. The counterfeit items also display the previous bank logo of an umbrella over the bank's name, with the letters CSB listed vertically inside a shaded box. The counterfeit checks display this logo in the top-center portion of the check. Beneath the logo, the phrase "A financial services company" appears.

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's name in the top-center portion of the check, directly below the bank's underlined logo of "csb." This current logo does not include an umbrella. A red thermo-sensitive padlock is contained on the back of authentic checks. By placing your finger over the padlock, body heat will alter the padlock's appearance.
Community Trust Bank, Inc.
Pikeville, Kentucky

Contact:
Tim Lucas
Telephone: (606) 437-3205
Fax: (606) 437-3350

Missing Cashier's Checks


SA-100-2004
November 19, 2004
The cashier's checks display the routing number of 042102694. The missing cashier's checks are numbers 910060, 905390, 905199, 910167, and 910168.
Concordia Bank & Trust
Vidalia, LA

Contact:
John Mark Williams
Telephone: (318) 336-6006
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-142-2005
October 31, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111102431, which is assigned to Concordia Bank & Trust, Vidalia, LA. However, the counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic checks. Authentic checks are standard 3 ¼ x 8 ½ inches in size, and have a light blue background with royal blue font. They also bear the words “CASHIER'S CHECK” in a red font, while the counterfeit items bear the words “OFFICIAL CHECK.” In addition, authentic checks have the bank's name and logo centered at the top of the check, while the counterfeit items have the bank's name and logo in the upper-left corner.
The Conway National Bank
Conway, South Carolina

Contact:
Bryan Huggins
Phone: (843) 488-8282 or
Pam Lampley
Phone: (843) 488-8409
Fax (843) 488-8279

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-37-2006
February 23, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 053202318, which is assigned to The Conway National Bank; however, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks in appearance. On the counterfeit items, "THE CONWAY NATIONAL BANK, CONWAY, SC" is printed in the top center on two lines above a toll-free telephone number that is not associated with the bank. "DATE DAY MO. YEAR" and "PAY DOLLARS CENTS" are printed in the center along with the numeric dollar amount inside of a solid rectangle. "CNB" is printed above a small logo next to the bank name in the top-left corner above the words "CASHIER'S CHECK." The counterfeit items are printed on multi-colored paper that fades from light green to light brown.

Authentic cashier's checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" inside of a two-tone rectangle located in the top center. The bank's logo and name are printed on several lines in the top-left corner above the phrases "Serving Our Community Since 1903, Conway, South Carolina" and "Member FDIC." No telephone number is displayed. Authentic checks are printed on white paper with light-green wavy lines in the background.
Cornerstone Community Bank
Grafton, WI

Contact:
Erik Stanton
Phone: (262) 375-9150
Fax: (262) 375-9484

Missing, Lost or Stolen Cashier's Checks


SA-272-2006
September 18, 2006
These instruments display the routing number 075912673, which is assigned to Cornerstone Community Bank. Associated check numbers displayed in the top-right corner are 21733, and 21738 through 21742. The checks include the following address:

Cornerstone Community Bank
Grafton * Menomonee Falls
Grafton, WI 53024
Cornerstone Community Bank
St. Petersburg, Florida

Contact:
Mr. Alan C. Brown
Telephone: (727) 526-5678
FAX: (727) 520-8401

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-71-2003
November 7
These instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the bank's routing number of 063114564. The counterfeit items closely resemble the bank's genuine cashier's checks. However, the check numbers of the counterfeit items identified to date begin with "89," which is substantially higher than the current number order of the authentic checks.
Cornerstone Community Bank
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Contact:
Pamela A. Fleenor
Telephone: (423) 385-3000
Fax: (423) 385-3100

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-8-2005
January 25, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number of 064202530 assigned to The Bank/First Citizens Bank, Cleveland, Tennessee, rather than the routing number of 061304363 assigned to Cornerstone Community Bank.
Counterfeit Instruments and Stolen Official Documents 2002-2006


Contact:
OCC
Phone: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Instruments and Stolen Official Documents 2002-2006


Alert 2006-19
April 10, 2006
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) issues alerts, among other reasons, to provide information about counterfeit and stolen instruments affecting the national banking system. Attached to this alert is an inclusive listing of the subject alerts issued from the year 2002 to date. This listing is intended to aid in the search of known counterfeit and stolen items. Please refer to the original alert for more complete information.
Country Bank for Savings
Ware, Massachusetts

Contact:
April E. Gay
Telephone: (800) 322-8233 Ext. 2102 (Toll-free)

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-148-2005
November 1, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211870980, which is assigned to Country Bank for Savings, Ware, Massachusetts. The counterfeit money orders are relatively similar to authentic money orders. However, the font size is different and the counterfeit items do not state “Not Valid Over $1,000.00."
Country Bank for Savings
Ware, Massachusetts

Contact:
Ms. April E. Gay
Telephone: 800-322-8233, Ext. 2102
Fax: (413) 967-0927
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-318-2006
November 17, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211870980, which is assigned to Country Bank for Savings, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the bank name (all on one line) and address in the upper-left corner. The bank name and city are repeated in the top-center portion of the items above the words "Cashier's Check." The counterfeit items display the following statement embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A GRADUATED BACKGROUND: DARK TO LIGHT. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICAL WATERMARK."
Country Bank for Savings
Ware, Massachusetts

Contact:
Ms. April E. Gay
Telephone: (413) 967-6221
Fax: (413) 967-3289
Counterfeit Personal Cecks


SA-1-2004
January 8, 2004
The counterfeit instruments display the bank's routing number of 211870980. The counterfeit items have the following distinctive qualities:
  • The items are printed on check paper with no security features.
  • The checks use a variation on Country Bank's address. Examples include Ware, Arizona, and Ware, Alabama, instead of Ware, Massachusetts.
  • A number of checks indicate the account is drawn on a Postal Credit Union. There are three Postal Credit Unions in the United States located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Meridian, Mississippi; and Beloit, Wisconsin. However, the Postal Credit Union addresses included on the counterfeit items are fictitious.
Countrywide Bank, a Division of Treasury Bank, N.A Alexandria, Virginia
Contact: Ms. Colleen Russell
Telephone: (703) 518-6033 FAX: (703) 519-6410
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-4-2003
January 30, 2003
Counterfeit cashier's checks titled Countrywide Bank, a Division of Treasury Bank, N.A, Alexandria, Virginia, and drawn on Treasury Bank, N.A., Alexandria, Virginia, are in circulation. The items bear the routing number 056009110 and appear to also be copies of a genuine bank instrument. When one of this bank's genuine cashier's checks is photocopied, the word "VOID" will appear twice across the middle of the instrument.
Covenant Bank, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Contact: Dawn M. Pearson
Telephone: (662) 621-1869, extension 105
Fax: (662) 627-2105
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-12-2007
January 5, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with lottery scams. Counterfeit items have accompanied several variations of prize notification letters that reflect addresses in Canada or the U.S. Virgin Islands.

While some variation is noted in the counterfeit items, they all display the routing number 084206176, which is assigned to Covenant Bank. Counterfeit items display a location of "Tunica, Mississippi" to the right of a logo in the top-left corner. In one version, Mississippi is misspelled. In another version, "Tunlea" is used rather than Tunica. Some versions display "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems Inc., Englewood, Colorado" beneath the amount line. Authentic checks display one of the bank's locations - Clarksdale, Tunica, Robinsonville or Batesville. The following statement appears above the signature line: "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED IF OVER $20,000.00."
Credit Union of Texas Dallas, Texas
Contact: Stephanie Daniel
Toll-Free Telephone: (800) 314-3828
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-193-2006
July 14, 2006
The counterfeit items bear the routing number 311079306, which is assigned to Credit Union of Texas, and are similar to authentic checks. However, authentic checks have the following wording embedded in the top border: "VERIFICATION BOX (TO RIGHT OF ARROW, HOLD BETWEEN THUMB AND FOREFINGER, OR BREATHE ON IT, COLOR WILL DISAPPEAR, THEN REAPPEAR)." Directly next to that wording is a small arrow pointing right toward a beige-colored box. In addition, the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are centered at the top of authentic checks and to the left of an "NCUA" logo.
Crecso Union Savings Bank
Cresco, IA

Contact:
Brenda Oberbroeckling
Telephone: (563) 547-2090
Fax: (563) 547-6491

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-207-2006
July 27, 2006
The counterfeit items bear the routing number 073903286, which is assigned to Cresco Union Savings Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the upper-left corner just below the bank's "CUSB" logo. A telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, appears below the bank's name, city and state in the top-center portion of the items. Embedded in the top border is the statement: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT IS PRINTED GREEN – THE BACK CONTAINS A SIMULATED WATERMARK." Padlock symbols appear in the top-right and lower-right corners, and a remitter line is printed in the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner, and "N/K/A C US Bank" is printed along the top to the right of the bank's name and address. Authentic cashier's checks have ornate borders, and a remitter line appears in the top-left corner. "VOID AFTER 3 YEARS" is printed in the middle of the right side, and two signature lines are displayed in the lower-right corner with "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" printed under each line to the right side.
Crown Bank, N.A.
Ocean City, NJ

Contact:
Mr. Richard F. Cottrell
Phone:(732) 451-9000, ext 503

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-12-2004
July 15, 2004
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency has been advised that counterfeit money orders of Crown Bank, N.A., are being issued nationwide and are also being used in connection with a pre-payment fraud scheme. The pre-payment fraud is the type in which the counterfeit money order is being issued as a pre-arranged COD payment on delivered merchandise. The merchandise is typically ordered via the Internet from companies located nationwide.

The counterfeit money orders are of medium quality, display Crown Bank's "crown" logo, and list an address of 212-216 S. Franke Rodgers Blvd., Harrison NJ 07029. The bank's routing number is correctly listed but the serial number series, 70009900, is higher than that of the bank's legitimate money orders.
Dakota Community Bank
Hebron, North Dakota

Contact:
Kristi Entzi
Telephone: (701) 663-8000

Missing Cashier's Checks


SA-78-2004
October 26, 2004
The cashier's checks were reportedly lost in shipment. These instruments display the appropriate routing number of 091303664 for Dakota Community Bank. The account number on the checks is 502301090. There are four (4) checks missing with the check numbers 013500, 013625, 013750, and 013875 (every 125th check from the shipment).
The Delaware County Bank and Trust Company
Lewis Center, Ohio

Contact:
Jim Nelson
Phone: (740) 657-7312
Fax: (740) 657-7301
or
Finance Department
Telephone: (740) 657-7000

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-114-2006
April 21, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 051900353, which is assigned to Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T), and are similar in appearance to authentic checks. The following statement is printed in the top border of the counterfeit items: "THE DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic checks have the following statement printed below the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICROPRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." Authentic checks display "THE BANK" logo in the top-left corner and are printed on light blue paper with dark ornate borders on all sides.
The Delaware National Bank
Georgetown, DE

Contact:
Kathy Littleton
Phone: (302) 855-2424
Fax: (302) 855-2492

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-282-2006
September 26, 2006
Ccounterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with correspondence from "Consumer Capital Alliance and Payment Services." The correspondence purportedly informs the recipient of an "Award Claim Notification" or "Funds for Payment of Processing Fees" and is originating in Canada. To date, letters display telephone numbers with area codes 289 and 705, and a toll-free telephone number.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 031100461, which is assigned to Delaware National Bank. However, Delaware National Bank issues cashier's checks through an account at BB&T, and those checks reflect the routing number 051900353.

The counterfeit items display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center, with the bank's name displayed inside of an oval-shaped logo located near the top-left corner. The bank's name, mailing address and a toll-free telephone number are displayed in the bottom-left corner. The address is a former branch location and the telephone number is not associated with the bank. The following security wording is embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING SECURITY FEATURES, WATERMARK PAPER AND MICROPRINTING ON BORDER." uthentic checks display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left portion, with the bank's name and logo displayed in the top center. The following security statement is displayed just below the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY."
The Delaware National Bank
Georgetown, DE

Contact:
Kathy Littleton
Phone: (302) 855-2424
Fax: (302) 855-2492

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-52-2006
September 18, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 031100461 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam. The volume of these counterfeit items has increased along with the variation in the appearance of the items.

Counterfeit items may be identified by one or more of the following incorrect traits: The fractioned routing number appears as 55-277/312, the check number is shown as five digits, there are two signatures located on only one signature line, the payable amount is printed rather than imprinted, and the bank address used on the instrument of 101 Bayville Shopping Center, Fenwick Island, DE 19975, is that of a former Delaware National Bank branch. Checks presented to date have been payable in the amount of $3,855.69; include a purchaser name of C.C.A. Services or U.F.S Services; have been dated August 31, 2006, or September 1, 2006; and may include a toll-free number of 877-330-4435, which is not associated with the bank.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items may contain the letterhead of "Consumer Capital Alliance and Payment Services" or "The Irish Lottery Corp. Canada" and may be signed by a person claiming to be either Anne Riley or Sandra Powell. The letters contain notification of the recipient's winning status and instructions to contact the office immediately. According to the one letter, the check is included to pay any nonresidence tax. Telephone numbers provided include: (289) 888-1575, (289) 888-2095, (888) 405-4060, (705) 770-2531, and (905) 783-4777.
Delta Bank
Vidalia, Louisiana Contact: Ms. Wanda Wiggins
Telephone: (318) 336-5257
FAX: (318) 336-5255
Counterfeit Checks
SA-14-2003
March 13, 2003
The counterfeit checks drawn on Delta Bank, Vidalia, Louisiana, for the account of Community Credit Center, Inc. (CCC) are in circulation. CCC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Central Louisiana Capital Corp., the parent company of Delta Bank.The items bear Delta Bank's routing number of 111101144. The reported counterfeit items, while similar in design to the genuine instrument, are smaller in size (length), include a preprinted check number, and do not display the bank logo.
Delta National Bancorp
Manteca, California

Contact:
Mark Kelly

Telephone: (209) 824-4030
Fax: (209) 239-8872

Counterfeit Dividend Checks


SA-151-2006
May 25, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 121132983, which is assigned to Delta National Bank. Counterfeit items are similar to authentic checks. Counterfeit items include a box around the written dollar amount in the center portion of the item with the word "Exactly" appearing above the top-left corner of the box. Counterfeit items also include the word "Memo" in the lower-left corner of the item and the following statement is embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The counterfeit items include seven-digit account numbers rather than having eight numbers.

Authentic dividend checks include the words "SHAREHOLDER:" and "CHECK DATE:" in the center of the check. Directly below those words is a watermark consisting of the letters "DNB" inside of a triangle. Authentic checks are printed on marbled tan paper.
Dennison State Bank
Holton, KS

Contact:
Sarah LeDoux

Phone: (785) 364-3131
Fax: (785) 364-3793

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-250-2006
August 29, 2006
Counterfeit checks bearing the institution's routing number and fictitious bank names are in circulation. The counterfeit items display the routing number 101108034, which is assigned to Denison State Bank. However, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items include an "NB" logo and the name "North Canton Bank" or "North Oak Bank" above the words "Newton, Texas," centered at the top. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are printed vertically along the left side of the counterfeit items.

Authentic Denison State Bank checks display the words "BANK MONEY ORDER" directly above "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks include the bank's logo next to the bank's name, four branch locations, and the words "MEMBER FDIC" centered at the top. The statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED FOR AMOUNTS OVER $500.00" is printed above two signature lines in the lower-right corner.
Department of Treasury, Financial Management Service (FMS),
Austin, Texas.

Contact:
Austin Financial Center

512-342-7300

Partially printed MICR-line


SPECIAL NOTICE FOR FINANCIAL INSTITUTIONS
May 30, 2006
The Department of Treasury, Financial Management Service (FMS), is providing special notice that Treasury checks dated May 24, 2006, May 26, 2006 and June 1, 2006 may contain a partially printed MICR-line. These Treasury checks were printed at FMS’ Regional Financial Center located in Austin, Texas.

In the MICR-line field for the Treasury Routing Number 000000518, the 5 and the 1 may be missing or partially printed.
Devon Bank
Chicago, Illinois

Contact:
Irving Loundy
Telephone: (773) 465-2500 Ext. 1300 Fax: (773) 973-7462

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-1-2006
January 19, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071004271, which is assigned to Devon Bank, and they are similar to authentic checks. However, some – but not all – of the counterfeit items display a black box in the upper-right corner of the check. The border on the sides of the counterfeit items is blurred, while the border on authentic checks is crisp.
Diamond State Bank
Nashville, Arkansas
Contact: Mr. John Ross
Telephone: (870) 285-2172
FAX: (870) 285-2755
Stolen Cashier's Checks
FDIC FIL-145-2002
December 23, 2002
A box of cashier's checks was stolen during delivery from a third-party printer to the bank. The stolen checks are currently in circulation. The checks are numbered 031001 through 032000, and bear the routing number 082904056.
The Dime Bank
Shawn J. Pishka
Norwich, CT

Telephone: (860) 859-4300
Fax: (860) 892-0045
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-123-2006
April 28, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211173373, which is assigned to Dime Bank, but are dissimilar in appearance to authentic cashier's checks and authentic money orders. The counterfeit items have a statement describing security features embedded in the top border and the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" or "MONEY ORDER" displayed in the top center. The bank's name and a "Broadway Street" address appear in the top-left corner of the counterfeit items. The bank's name also appears above the authorized signature line in the lower-right corner, and the statement "SIGNATURE HAS A COLOURED BACKGROUND" is printed below the authorized signature line of both counterfeit items.

Authentic checks and money orders display the bank's Mercury Dime logo and name, the equal housing lender symbol, a Salem Turnpike address, and a telephone number in the upper-left corner. Printed vertically within the right border are a padlock symbol and the statements "Security features included. Details on back." The words "CASHIERS CHECK" are printed in the upper-right corner of authentic cashier's checks, and the words "PERSONAL MONEY ORDER" are printed in the top center of authentic money orders. On the lower-right side, authentic money orders require the following lines to be completed by the remitter: signature of the remitter, address, and city and state.
The Dime Bank
Cynthia Theobald
Whiting, IN

Telephone: (570) 253-1970, Ext. 719

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-45-2004
July 27, 2004
The counterfeit items are very similar to the bank's authentic cashier's checks. Both items have the same routing number. The main difference is the color of the paper. The fraudulent items are printed on light yellow paper with wavy lines imbedded, while the authentic checks are printed on light blue paper. The counterfeit checks display the dollar amount in a box, while the authentic checks do not contain a box. The counterfeit checks also are perforated on the left side of the check and the authentic checks are perforated on the top and bottom of the check.
The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh
Brooklyn, New York

Contact:
Clayton D. Mersereau, Jr.
Enterprise Bank and Trust Company
Telephone: (718) 782-6200, Ext. 8316, or (516) 338-7900

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-17-2005
February 22, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 022000868, which is the drawee bank for The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks have a padlock icon and state “security features detailed on back” on the right side of the check. Additionally, the agent number “330099” precedes the routing number on authentic instruments. The agent number follows the routing number on the counterfeit items.
The Dollar Bank, FSB
Pittsburgh, PA

Contact:
Pamela Cincel
Telephone: (412) 261-8193
Fax: (412) 261-5285

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-166-2006
June 19, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 243074385, which is assigned to Dollar Bank, FSB, and are similar to authentic checks in style. A series of letters and numbers consisting of "Y6SC2673" is displayed in the top-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks display "ZC838542" in the top-left corner and the following security statement below the "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" line: "WHEN HELD TO THE LIGHT, IF CIRCULAR WATERMARKS ARE NOT PRESENT, DO NOT CASH."
Downey Savings and Loan Association, F.A.
Newport Beach, California,

Contact:
Jim White
Telephone: (949) 509-4150
Fax: (949) 823-5487

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-56-2005
May 20, 2005
The counterfeit items display the institution's proper routing number of 322270356. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. The authentic cashier's checks are printed on yellow paper and have a "Downey Savings" watermark across the face of the checks. The counterfeit items are printed in a variety of colors, but lack the watermark.
Downey Savings and Loan Association, F.A.
Newport Beach, California,

Contact:
Jim White
Telephone: (949) 509-4150

Missing Cashier's Checks


SA-74-2004
October 15, 2004
The cashier's checks were reportedly lost in shipment. These instruments display the routing number of 322270356 for Downey Savings and Loan Association. The account number on all of the checks is 4955007749, and the check number range is 4531003001 through 4531003500.
Dryades Savings Bank, FSB
New Orleans, LA

Contact:
Frank Oliveri
Telephone (337) 261-1301
Or (866) 434-0281
Fax (337) 261-1446

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-199-2005
December 29, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 265070516, which is the correct routing number for the bank; however, the fraudulent items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. Authentic checks are light green, include a stop-notice statement below the words "Cashier's Check," and display the bank's address to the right of the bank logo. The counterfeit items use the term "Cheque No." in the upper right-hand corner and have an address below the logo.
Earlham Savings Bank
West Des Moines, Iowa

Contact:
Russell Asman
Phone: (515) 223-4753
FAX: (515) 225-3298

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-31-2006
February 9, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 073921158, which is assigned to Earlham Savings Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. On the counterfeit items, "***CASHIER'S CHECK***" is printed in the top center above an account number, and the bank's name, city, state and zip code are printed in the upper-left corner above a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. A memo line is located on the lower-left side of the counterfeit items.

Authentic checks bear the words "CASHIERS CHECK" in the lower-left corner. "E BANK" and "Earlham Saving Bank" are printed in the top-center portion of the checks between the name of the issuing branch office (above) and the address of the issuing branch office (below).
East Cambridge Savings Bank,
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Contact:
John P. Mahoney
Phone: (617) 354-7700
Fax: (617) 551-2580

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-149-2006
May 25, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211371120, which is assigned to Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The counterfeit items are not similar to authentic checks. The items display a steeple logo and the institution’s name and address in the top-left corner. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" appear inside a box in the top-center portion of the item. A statement describing security features is embedded within the top border.

Authentic checks display the routing number 211370419, which is assigned to East Cambridge Savings Bank, Cambridge, Massachusetts. The words "TREASURER CHECK" are printed in the top-center portion of the check. Authentic checks are printed on blue marbled paper.
Easthampton Savings Bank
Easthampton, Massachusetts

Contact:
Thomas W. Brown
Phone: (413) 527- 4111 Ext. 230
Fax: (413) 527-0519

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-48-2006
March 1, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211870935, which is assigned to Easthampton Savings Bank, but they are dissimilar to the authentic treasurer's checks. The counterfeit items bear a green "ESB" logo, name and branch address in the top center above a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. The words "Cashier's Check" are printed on the lower-left side. The counterfeit items are printed on light blue paper with a herringbone pattern and a solid blue border across the top with the statement: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES – THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic treasurer's checks are issued by Travelers Express Company and display the bank's logo, name, city and state in the upper-left-hand corner. "TREASURER'S CHECK" is printed in the top-center border with an ornate blue medallion. Authentic checks are printed on gray paper with green borders on all sides.
East West Bank
San Marino, California

Contact:
Krishan Sisrimane
Telephone: (626) 300-6340 or (626) 300-6341
Fax: (626) 281-0367
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-175-2005
November 29, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 322070381, which is assigned to East West Bank. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. Authentic checks have a logo in the top-left corner of the check; counterfeit checks do not display a logo. Also, authentic checks display the following wording across the top of the check: "This multi-tone area of the document changes color gradually and evenly from dark to light." The counterfeit items display the following wording: "This document has a colored background and microprinting. The reverse side includes an artificial watermark."
East West Bank
San Marino, California

Contact:
Krishan Sisrimane
Telephone: (626) 300-6340
Missing, Lost, or Stolen Cashier's Checks


SA-59-2005
May 31, 2005
East West Bank, San Marino, California, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that cashier's checks bearing the institution's name were missing, lost or stolen in transit from the printing company to a branch office. The instruments have serial numbers ranging from 257001601 through 257001800 (inclusive) for a total of 200 checks.
Eastern Bank, Boston, Massachusetts

Contact:
Dan Tate
Telephone: (781) 598-7900
Fax: (781) 598-7907

Counterfeit Treasurer's Checks


SA-97-2005
August 9, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 011301798 for Eastern Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The layout, style and fonts are different. In addition, the counterfeit items use the term "CASHIER’S CHECK," which is located at the top-center portion of the item. Authentic checks use the term "TREASURER’S CHECK," which is located in the lower-left portion of the check.
Eastern Bank, Boston, Massachusetts

Contact:
Caroline F. Malone
Telephone: (781) 598-7845
Fax: (781) 598-7907

Counterfeit Treasurer's Checks


SA-21-2005
February 28, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 011301798 for Eastern Bank. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, authentic treasurer's checks have a thin border outlining the check, and the counterfeit items have a thick dark border across the top and bottom of the check.
The Eastman National Bank
Newkirk, Oklahoma
Contact: Mr. Joe Anderson
Telephone: (580) 362-2511
Counterfeit Certified Cashier’s Checks
FDIC FIL-89-2002
August 12, 2002
Most, if not all, items have been deposited by bank customers who accepted the checks a payment for motor vehicles. The routing number and the account number are not MICR encoded. The routing number is 103102410. The account number is 699252. The check number is 42226. These numbers are the same ones used on counterfeit items drawn on Blackhawk State Bank, listed above.
Ebank
Atlanta, Georgia

Contact:
David Haley
Telephone: (770) 801-1214
Counterfeit Accounts Payable Checks


SA-72-2005
July 1, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 061092057 for Ebank. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, the back side of the negotiable section of an authentic accounts payable check is shaded with the words "ORIGINAL DOCUMENT" in white, which would not show on a counterfeit item.
Enterprise Bank and Trust Company, Lowell, Massachusetts

Contact:
Clayton D. Mersereau, Jr.
Enterprise Bank and Trust Company

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-16-2005
February 22, 2005
Money orders issued by Enterprise Bank and Trust Company, Lowell, Massachusetts, are payable through Firstar Bank of Minnesota, National Association, now known as U.S. Bank National Association. The counterfeit items display the routing number of 096016765, which was assigned to Firstar Bank of Minnesota, National Association. The counterfeit money orders are similar to the authentic money orders. However, the authentic money orders state that the value should not exceed $500.00, whereas the counterfeit money orders state that the value should not exceed $10,000.
Enterprise Federal Savings Bank
Largo, Maryland

Contact:
Mary Queen
Telephone: (202) 331-7031
Fax: (202) 452-2189

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-139-2006
May 5, 2006
The counterfeit official items include the routing number 055073480, which is assigned to First Liberty National Bank. However, First Liberty National Bank issues cashier's checks, which bear the routing number 054001602, a routing number also assigned to First Liberty National Bank. Counterfeit items display the wording "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the top-center portion of the item. "ENTERPRISE FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK" followed by a Largo, Maryland address, is shown in the top-left corner of the item. Counterfeit items display two signature lines.

Authentic checks display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left portion of the check and display one signature line. To the right of the bank's logo consisting of a flag inside a square is: "FIRST LIBERTY NATIONAL BANK, 1146 19TH ST NW, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036."
Essex Savings Bank
Essex, Connecticut

Contact:
Lynn K. Giroux
Phone (860) 767-4414
FAX (860)-767-4411

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-7-2006
January 19, 2006
The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic items. On the counterfeit items, "OFFICIAL CHECK" is printed in the lower-left corner and "ESSEX SAVINGS BANK" is printed in the upper-left corner. The bank name and a branch address, "101 Halls Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1452, as well as a phone number appear in the top center of the check. The counterfeit checks are printed on blue and pink safety paper. Authentic items bear the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the top center of the check and are printed on blue safety paper. The bank's ship logo and name are located in the upper-left corner.
Equity Bank, A National Association,
Andover, KS

Contact: Julia Huber
Phone: (316) 858-3100
Fax: (316) 630-8394

CounterfeitCashier's Checks


SA-179-2006
June 29, 2006
The counterfeit items bear the routing number 101105354, which is assigned to Equity Bank, A National Association, but are dissimilar to authentic items. The counterfeit items include the bank's logo and name within a rectangular box located in the upper-left corner and directly above the words "CASHIER'S CHECK." The bank's name, city, state and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, appear in the top-center portion of the check.

Equity Bank does not issue cashier's checks. Authentic bank money orders display the bank's logo, name, address and telephone number in the top-center portion of the item. In the lower-left corner are the words "BANK MONEY ORDER." Authentic money orders include ornate borders, two signature lines in the lower-right corner and security-feature descriptions printed below the amount line. Authentic money orders are gray and have a holograph seal along the top.
The Equitable Bank, S.S.B.,
Wauwatosa, WI

Contact:
Erin Arneson
Ph. 414-777-4130
Fax: 414-777-4149

Counterfeit Checks


SA-184-2005
December 7, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 075902722, which is assigned to JP Morgan Chase Bank, Belleville, MI. The counterfeit items are pale blue on a white background gradating to a pink hue on the right side of the item. Authentic checks have a light blue background with blue ink; the check numbers are printed in black ink. The spelling of the city is incorrect on the counterfeit items.
Evergreen Bank, Seattle, Washington


Contact:
Michelle Worden
Telephone: (800) 331-7922

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-2-2005
January 4, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 125006390 for Evergreen Bank. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks have the wording "Original Document" clearly visible on the back of the check. In addition, the counterfeit items have the number "32" in the lower-left portion of the front of the check.
EverTrust Bank
Everett, Washington

Contact: Ms. May-Ling Sowell
Telephone: (425) 258-3645
FAX: (425) 258-0509
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-41-2003
July 22, 2003
The counterfeit instruments include the bank's routing number of 325170699.
While the counterfeit items have a design similar to the bank's genuine checks, they are inconsistent in the use of print style and font size.
Exchange Bank,
Santa Rosa, California

Contact: Mr. Michael Leonard

Telephone: (707) 524-3257
Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks
FDIC FIL-100-2001
November 30, 2001
FDIC FIL-26-2001
April 6, 2001
Items bear the routing number of the Valley Bank of Kalispell, Kalispell, Montana. The bank's legitimate cashier's checks are maroon in color; the counterfeits are blue. The legitimate checks are 7 inches by 3 1/2 inches; the counterfeits are 8 1/2 inches by 3 1/2 inches.It also appears the counterfeit items presented to date are being used in connection with a foreign lottery telemarketing scam described in FIL-78-2000 (dated November 16, 2000) and FIL-60-2001 (dated July 9, 2001).
Extraco Banks, N.A.,
Temple, Texas

Contact:
Marisa Truelove
Fax: (254) 744-5590
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-140-2006
May 11, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111915576, which was previously assigned to First Waco National Bank, Waco, Texas. Extraco Banks, N.A. acquired First Waco National Bank and the aforementioned routing number is no longer used on authentic cashier's checks, but may be still in use for customer checks.

Counterfeit items display the following statement embedded in the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A BLUE CHECK BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER AND A VOID PANTOGRAPH WITH A BLUE SECURITY STRIP IN CENTER." The wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" appears along the left border of the item and "Farmers Bank, San Antonio, Texas" appears in the center, adjacent to a fictitious logo consisting of a "1" inside an image of the United States encircled by a globe. In the lower-left corner "TO THE ORDER OF" is displayed. The items appear to be prepared using a digital check writer.
Extraco Banks, N.A.
Temple, Texas

Contact:
OCC
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2006-22
May 2, 2006
The above-named bank has reported to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) that counterfeit cashier's checks, issued in the name of Farmers Bank, San Antonio, TX, but using a routing number of 111915576, are being presented nationwide for payment. This is the retired routing number of First Waco, which was acquired by Extraco Bank. This routing number is still in circulation on some Extraco Bank customer checks; however, it will not appear on any authentic cashier's check.
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.