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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
Galena State Bank & Trust Co., Galena, IL


Contact: Libby Miller
Telephone: (815) 777-0663
Fax: (815) 777-8944

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-223-2006
August 18, 2005
The counterfeit items display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion and the logo of another bank, First Community Bank of Galena, in the upper-left corner. An address of "971 Gear Street," which is a branch location of Galena State Bank & Trust Co., is displayed in the lower-left corner along with the telephone number "(815) 777-8800," which is not associated with the bank.

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's logo in the upper-left corner, with "Galena State Bank and Trust Co." to the right of the logo. The bank's post office address and telephone number are displayed below the logo and bank name. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are shown in the upper-right corner. In the lower-left corner on three lines, the following is printed: "PAYABLE THROUGH, BB&T, CHARLESTON, WV."
Gardiner Savings Institution, FSB, Gardiner, Maine


Contact: Frederick P. Cunningham
Phone (207) 582-5550, extension 6211
Fax (207) 623-7833

Counterfeit Treasurer's Checks


SA-26-2007
January 8, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211272465, which is assigned to Gardiner Savings Institution, FSB, and are similar to authentic items in appearance. However, the embossed dollar amounts on the counterfeit items are printed using red ink. Small lines in the background of the counterfeit items disappear when photocopied, and a watermark on the reverse side of the counterfeit items is printed on the paper in a light gray ink. Authentic checks have embossed dollar amounts printed using black ink, and the watermark on the reverse side of authentic items is embedded within the paper stock.
Garfield County Bank, Jordan, MT


Contact: Rex Phipps
Phone (406) 557-2201
Fax: (406) 557-2204

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-187-2008
August 26, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 092105337, which is assigned to Garfield County Bank. Garfield County Bank does not issue cashier's checks; it issues bank money orders. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The bank's logo and name are shown in the top-left corner. The word "REMITTER" appears below the written dollar amount line. The bank's name, city, state and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, appear in the lower-left corner. Authentic money orders display a "NOTICE TO MEMBERS" in the top-left corner. The words "BANK MONEY ORDER" appear inside of a rectangle in the top center. The bank's logo appears in the lower-left corner along with the address and telephone number.
The Garrett State Bank,
Garrett, IN


Contact: Lynn Chapman
Phone (260) 357-0313
Fax: (260) 357-6628

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-62-2009
May 20,2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 074903803, which is assigned to The Garrett State Bank. The items are blue and display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The word "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner above the bank's address and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. Authentic cashier's checks have a yellow basket-weave design. The bank's name, logo ("Since 1893"), address, telephone number and the word "REMITTER" are displayed in the upper-left corner.
Gate City Bank
Fargo, North Dakota

Contact:
Shelly Lindlauf
Telephone: (701) 293-2540

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-68-2005
June 22, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 291370918 for Gate City Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. Authentic official checks do not include the routing number for Gate City Bank and are payable through First Interstate Bank, Helena, Montana. Also, the layout, style and fonts are different. The counterfeit items use the term “CASHIER'S CHECK,&lrquo; which is located in the bottom left portion of the check, while Gate City Bank uses the term “OFFICIAL CHECK,&lrquo; which is located at the top of the check.
Gateway Bank of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis, MO

Contact:
Barbara Harness
Telephone: (314) 389-3000, extension 304
Fax: (314) 389-3085

Counterfeit Checks


SA-213-2008
November 17, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 081001442, which is assigned to Gateway Bank of St. Louis. The items also display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom between two padlocks. The statement "VOID AFTER 60 DAYS" is displayed in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks display the bank's logo and the name "GATEWAY BANK OF ST. LOUIS" on two lines in the top-left corner. A line for the written amount is also displayed.
GBC International Bank,
Los Angeles, California

Contact:
Richard Holmes
Telephone: (626) 243-1186
Fax: (626) 573-6606

Counterfeit Expense Checks


SA-211-2009
December 16, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122235902, which is assigned to GBC International Bank. The items have ornate borders on all sides with a security feature statement embedded within the top border. The words "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" are in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks have blue top and side borders. The word "PAYEE" is displayed on the left side.
Georgia State Bank
Mableton, GA

Contact:
Jerry D. Walters
Telephone: (678) 398-1118
Fax: (770) 944-6613

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-51-2008
March 11, 2008
Georgia State Bank does not issue cashier's check; however, it does issue official checks. The counterfeit items display the routing number 111000614, which is assigned to JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA, Belleville, Michigan. The counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. The items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border. "CASHIER'S CHECK," the bank name and the bank location ("Kennesaw, Georgia 30144") are in the top-left corner and the word "MEMO" is in the lower-left corner. "MILLENNIUM SECURITIES, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144" appears in the top-right area. A padlock icon and security feature statement appear below the written dollar amount.

Authentic official checks display the routing number 022000868, which is assigned to Citibank, New York. Georgia State Bank official checks are issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., through Citibank, New York, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The security statement "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK" is printed on each side of a rectangular box with rounded corners containing the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" centered below the top border. The bank's name, location ("Mableton, Georgia") and the word "REMITTER" appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name is repeated above the signature line as "Drawer." A padlock icon and security statement are in the lower-right corner.
Gateway Bank & Trust Company
Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Contact:
James Hinton, Jr.
Telephone: (252) 331-4009, ext. 8053
Fax: (252) 334-1651

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-138-2006
May 4, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, Boston, Massachusetts. The bank issues official checks through MoneyGram Payment Systems Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, payable through Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company. The counterfeit items are similar in appearance to authentic checks. However, the counterfeit items have the following statement embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The routing number appears below the bottom border line of the counterfeit items.

Authentic checks display 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 also display the words "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" on the left side, and an authorized signature line in the lower-right corner. Authentic checks are printed on green paper with green print and have ornate borders on all sides. The routing number appears above the bottom border.
Georgia Primary Bank,
Atlanta, GA

Contact:
Sharon Hustedt
Telephone: (404) 231-4100
Fax: (404) 231-4200

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-100-2009
June 24, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 061021060, which is assigned Georgia Primary Bank. The items also display a security feature statement embedded in the top border. The name of a company and its address are displayed in the top-left corner. Authentic official checks have a light blue background and display a dark blue design around the borders of the check. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are displayed on the lower-right side below the dollar amount line.
Gilmer National Bank
Gilmer, TX

Contact:
Donna Varner
Telephone: (903) 843-5653
Fax: (903) 843-0017

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-41-2009
March 4, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111905612, which is assigned to Gilmer National Bank. The items also display a security statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. Authentic cashier's checks have an image of the Gilmer National Bank building in the top-left corner. The bank's logo and name appear in the top-center area. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in red text in the lower-left corner.
Glasford State Bank,
Glasford, IL

Contact:
Robert A. Meyer or Fonda L. Northrup
Telephone: (309) 389-2551
Fax: (309) 389-2558

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-80-2009
June 3, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071113188, which is assigned to Glasford State Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. The bank's logo, name, location and a toll-free telephone number, not associated with the bank, are shown in the top-left corner. Two signature lines preceded by "PER" are in the lower-right corner. Authentic checks have ornate borders with a padlock icon embedded in the top-right corner. The bank's logo, name and slogan are top-centered. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and an indemnity bond statement appear in the lower-left corner.
Glens Falls National Bank and Trust Company,
Glens Falls, NY

Contact:
Gregory A Moore
Telephone: (518) 415-4408
Fax: (518) 415-4592

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2013-26
December 19, 2013
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks using a correct routing number of 021302554 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with overpayment scams related to online auctions and mystery shopping scams.

The counterfeit checks resemble the bank's authentic items but may be identified by the following: Counterfeit items contain the words “CASHIER'S CHECK&lrquo; in the top-center section of the checks, and the following security statement is located in the top border: “THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK.&lrquo; Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable for varying amounts.
Global Commerce Bank
Doraville, Georgia

Contact: Joseph Tang
Telephone: (770) 457-1253
Fax: (770) 457-1360

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-200-2006
July 20, 2006
The counterfeit items are associated with a lottery scam and are accompanied by a sweepstakes notification letter that is purportedly from Consumers Choice Financial Trust Payment Service – Sweepstakes and Internet Games Payment Verification Centre. The letter claims to be either an "Award Claim Notification" or "Funds for Payment of Processing Fees" and it indicates that the recipient was selected from a pool of 75,000 names in the United States and Canada.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 061104848, which is assigned to Global Commerce Bank. Counterfeit items display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion, with the bank's name and logo in the top-left corner. The bank's name is repeated in the lower-left corner and is followed by an address and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. There is one printed line in the lower-right corner with the words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" included below the line.

Authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-left corner. Centered at the top of the authentic checks are the bank's logo, name, kanji characters, "Best Service" printed in script lettering, and a P.O. Box mailing address. Lines are printed on the check next to "REMITTER," "DATE," "PAY," and "DOLLARS $." In the lower-right corner are two signature lines. A lock symbol is displayed near the right edge. To the left of the lock symbol is the statement, "The purchase of an Indemnity Bond will be required before any Cashier's Check of this bank will be replaced or refunded in the event it is lost, misplaced or stolen."
GMAC Bank
Horsham, PA

Contact: Michael O'Neill
Ally Bank
Telephone: (215) 734-5966 Fax: (866) 502-8657

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-158-2009
September 4, 2009
Ally Bank, Midvale, Utah, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 031176136, which is assigned to Ally Bank. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" appear in the lower-left corner under "GMAC Bank." The name "GMAC Bank" and location appear in the top-left corner as "GMAC Bank, P.O. Box 951, Horsham, PA 19044." Authentic checks display the routing number 124003116, which is assigned to Ally Bank. The checks have a blue background. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are top-centered and "Ally Bank" is displayed in the top-left corner.
Golden Bank
Houston, TX

Contact: Anne Chang
Telephone: (713) 596-6830 Fax: (713) 596-6939

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-24-2008
May 28, 2008
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 113015500 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam. The counterfeit checks are similar to the authentic items but may be identified by the following: the instruments are of unknown color and include the following security statement in the top border: “THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A RED & GRAY BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK.&lrquo; The following phrase is printed beneath the signature line in the lower-right portion of the instrument: “SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING.&lrquo; The following additional security statement, which differs slightly from the authentic item, is located under the words “Cashier's Check&lrquo; in the lower-left section of the check: “THE PURCHASE OF INDEMNITY BOND WILL BE REQUIRED BEFORE ANY CASHIER'S CHECK OF THIS BANK WILL BE REPLACED OR REFUNDED IN THE EVENT IT IS LOST, MISPLACED, STOLEN OR DESTROYED.&lrquo; Items presented to date have included a remitter of “****CLOSED CD #60254****&lrquo; and been made payable in the amounts of $3,550 and $8,500.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks may contain the letterhead of “BMA CONSUMER RESEARCH GROUP, P.O. BOX 4440, TRENTON, NJ 08618; Tel: 1-514-585-0396; Fax: 1-515-474-6830.&lrquo; Note that these telephone numbers originate in Montreal, Quebec. The letter may be signed by Rickey Zackari, Manager, Human Resources. The correspondence informs the recipient that he or she has been selected to participate in a paid consumer research program as a mystery shopper. It is explained that the enclosed cashier's check is to be used to purchase merchandise at various nationally known merchants as well as to transfer money using a nationally known wire service. The funds to be spent at each location are broken down by a specific dollar amount, with the shopper being allotted the remaining funds as payment for his or her mystery-shopper service. Recipients are instructed to contact Ms. Natasha Jacob at 1-514-585-0396 to confirm receipt of the check. The letter also indicates that the offer expires on a specific date.
Golden Bank, National Association
Houston, TX

Contact: Anne Chang
Telephone: (713) 596-6830 Fax: (713) 596-6939

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-112-2008
May 30, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 113015500, which is assigned to Golden Bank, National Association. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and have ornate borders. They display the following security feature statement embedded in the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A RED & GRAY BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." Authentic cashier's checks are blue-green and display the following security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A BLUE & GREEN BACKGROUND AND ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." When authentic cashier's checks are copied, a "VOID" background and graphic signature grid appear.
Gorham Avings Bank
Gorham, ME

Contact: Kate Carney
Telephone: (207) 839-5209, extension 1542
Fax: (207) 839-4233

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-293-2006
October 6, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211274573, which is assigned to Gorham Savings Bank, and are similar to authentic checks. However, the counterfeit items contain the following statement embedded within the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND HIGH RESOLUTION BORDER. THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." Authentic checks display the following statement embedded in small print within the top border: "THIS INSTRUMENT HAS MICRO PRINTING, BLEEDING RED CONSECUTIVE NUMBERING."
Grand Bank for Savings, FSB,
Hattiesburg, MS

Contact: Sherry A. Smith
Telephone: (601) 264-1467

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-95-2009
June 17, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211274573, which is assigned to GorThe counterfeit items display the routing number 265371066, which is assigned to Grand Bank for Savings, FSB. The items are similar to authentic official checks; however, counterfeit items display telephone number 888-262-1069, which is not associated with the bank, and a padlock icon in the lower-right corner. Authentic official checks display a padlock icon and security statement along the right side of the check. The bank's telephone number 601-264-1467 is displayed below the bank's address in the top-left corner.
Grand Bank of Texas,
Grand Prairie, TX

Contact: Linda Allen
Telephone: (972) 264-4811, Extension 119
Fax: (972) 264-3609

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-5-2010
January 15, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111906624, which is assigned to Grand Bank of Texas, and have ornate top and side borders. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear below a lined box in the top center of the items. A heat-sensitive circle with the words "RUB HERE" appears in the top-right corner. A "Memo" line is displayed in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks have darkened top and bottom borders with security feature statements embedded in each. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the lower-left corner. A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" statement appears near the top-right corner.
Grant County Bank
Medford, OK

Contact:
Jo Hula
Telephone: (580) 395-3335
Fax: (580) 395-3338

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-196-2008
September 4, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 103103765, which is assigned to Grant County Bank. The items also display a security statement just below the top border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the center area. The bank's name ("PIEDMONT BANK"), address and telephone number appear in top-left corner. Authentic checks display a vertical security statement with a padlock icon in the right border. The bank's logo, name ("GRANT COUNTY BANK") and location appear in the top center. Lines are displayed for "REMITTER," "PAY TO THE ORDER OF," "DATE" and "DOLLARS."
Grant County Bank
Medford, OK

Contact:
Jo Hula
Telephone: (580) 395-3335
Fax: (580) 395-3338

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-70-2008
March 31, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 103103765, which is assigned to Grant County Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and an indemnity bond statement are in the top-center area. An unassociated logo and the bank's name appear in the top-left corner along with the bank's name (repeated), "Payable Through Grant County Bank, Ulysses, KS," (incorrect city and state) and "For inquiries call (806) 495-3692." Note that the telephone number shown is not associated with the bank. The word “REMITTER&lrquo; appears in the lower-left corner and there are two signature lines.

Authentic cashier's checks have ornate borders, and a padlock icon and security feature statement in the right border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are in the lower-left corner and "REMITTER" is in the top-left corner. The bank's logo (emblem with initials "GCB"), name and "Medford, Oklahoma 73759" appear in the top center. A rectangular box containing the numeric dollar amount appears on the right side. Authentic cashier's checks have only one signature line.
Gratiot State Bank,
Gratiot, WI

Contact:
John D. Dorshorst
Telephone: (608) 922-6422
Fax: (608) 922-6400

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-92-2009
June 17, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 075905457, which is assigned to Gratiot State Bank. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The word "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner. There is a telephone number not associated with the bank displayed below the bank's logo and address in the upper-left corner. Authentic checks are yellow in color and display the words "cashier's check" below the dollar amount line. A padlock icon and a security feature statement are displayed within the right border.
Great Plains National Bank
Belfield, ND

Contact:
Bruce D. Baer
Telephone: (701) 575-8282
Fax: (701) 575-8525

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2012-3
February 6, 2012
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 091302979 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.

Counterfeit items closely resemble the authentic checks but may be identified by the following: The bank's telephone numbers of (701) 575-8282 and (701) 483-8282 are not included in the top-center portion of the instruments. In addition, the counterfeit items do not include the watermark or thermochromic icon. Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,875 and contain a remitter's name of either Sandra Pattel or Karen Collins.

Correspondence accompanying these checks contains the letterhead of either “Pathway Financial LTD, 25 Baker Street, London, England, W1U 3DS, UK&lrquo; or “Anchor Trust Financial, 209 Bishopsgate, Towers Hamlets, London EC2M, United Kingdom.&lrquo; The letter informs the recipient that he or she has been chosen as a winner in a drawing. The letter further states that the recipient has three weeks to claim his or her prize by contacting Kevin Jacobs or Kim Walters at 011-44-7574-200-742. The accompanying check is purported to cover the federal and international clearance fees.
Great Western Bank
Watertown, SD

Contact:
Karyl J. Somers
Telephone: (605) 886-1414
Fax: (605) 886-7088

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-65-2010
May 26, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 092005411, which is assigned to First Interstate Bank, Helena, Montana. Great Western Bank issues its cashier's checks through a payable-through account held at First Interstate Bank. The counterfeit items are very similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the items have a security feature statement embedded in darkened top and bottom borders with rounded corners. Authentic cashier's checks are blue with a basket-weave background and square corners.
Great Western Bank
Omaha, Nebraska

Contact:
Kimberly Boatwright
Telephone: (402) 952-6027
Fax: (402) 552-1209

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-186-2006
June 30, 2006
Counterfeit items bear the routing number 096016765, which is a payable-through account at Firstar Bank of Minnesota, N.A., St. Paul, Minnesota (now known as U.S. Bank, N.A., Cincinnati, Ohio). Counterfeit items are similar to authentic checks. The following statement is embedded in the top border of the counterfeit items: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A GREEN & BLUE BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." Counterfeit items have ornate side borders and the following statement printed above the bottom border on right side: "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT& FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING." The following words are embedded in the top margin of authentic checks: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A TRUE WATERMARK. HOLD UP TO LIGHT TO VIEW. THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICROPRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY."
Great Western Bank
Omaha, Nebraska

Contact:
Kimberly Boatwright
Telephone: (402) 952-6027
Fax: (402) 552-1209
E-mail: Kimberly.boatwright@greatwesternbank.com

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-97-2006
April 13, 2006
The counterfeit items are relatively similar to authentic checks in style. The counterfeit items do not display a routing number, which will cause the item to be rejected. The counterfeit items contain security wording embedded in the top border, which has a dark background and light- colored lettering.

Authentic cashier's checks display the routing number 096016765 and are issued through Firstar Bank of Minnesota, N.A., St. Paul, Minnesota, which is now named US Bank, St. Paul, Minnesota. Authentic checks have security wording across the top of the check, but it is printed in a darker shade, with a light background.
Greater Buffalo Savings Bank
Buffalo, NY

Contact:
Mary Ann Palmer
Telephone: (716) 961-1923
Fax: (716) 923-7523

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-309-2006
November 16, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 022072692, which is assigned to Greater Buffalo Savings Bank. "Check No." is displayed in the top-right corner of the counterfeit items. The statement "VOID AFTER 90 DAYS OF ISSUANCE" is shown in the bottom-left corner. Authentic checks display the check number above the date field. Directly below the date field is the dollar amount inside of a rectangular box.
Great Lakes Bank, N.A.
Blue Island, IL

Contact:
Judith L. Boyer
Telephone: (708) 283-5821
Fax: (708) 503-5445

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-17-2007
March 21, 2007
Counterfeit official checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 022000868 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam. While the counterfeit items have a strong resemblance to the authentic items, the counterfeit checks may be identified by the following: the instruments are green in color and contain the bank's name and logo in a blue and green two-tone color. A security strip within the top border states: “THE CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW.&lrquo;

Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $5,000 and contain a remitter name of Jim Powers. Due to possible variations of appearance and/or scam, it is suggested that Great Lakes Bank, N.A. officials be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's official items if received from an unknown or questionable source.

Correspondence accompanying the checks may contain the letterhead of “Mega Millions, PO Box 99902, Las Vegas, NV 89197-8902, 1-877-878-9392, 1-866-859-6706, 1-778-386-3680.&lrquo; The letter alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of a lucky drawing and should contact Account Manager Jim Powers or Patricia Banker at 1-877-878-9392 or 1-778-386-3680 (Canadian telephone number). The recipient is advised to keep all information confidential and is encouraged to act by a specific date or the winnings will be forfeited. The letter further states that the enclosed check is to be used to pay legal and administration fees between $2,000 to $6,880, which should be wire-transferred using Money Gram or Western Union. The correspondence may be signed by K. Jamison, Financial Manager.
Great Southern Bank
Springfield, MO

Contact:
Customer Service
Telephone: (417) 887-4400 Fax: (800) 749-7113

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-143-2009
August 20, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 286573322, which is assigned to Great Southern Bank. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The bank's logo, address and location are top-centered. Authentic checks are pink and contain a security feature statement, "GREAT SOUTHERN BANK," which is repeated in small print on the outside border. The checks display the bank's logo, address and location and two telephone numbers in the top center.
Great Western Bank,
Watertown, SD

Contact:
Bob Orton
Telephone: (605) 373-3172
Fax: (605) 333-7882

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-195-2007
July 16, 2007
In January 2007, Great Western Bank, located in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Arizona and Kansas, merged under one charter with South Dakota as its headquarters. The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is invalid, and are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-right corner and the following security feature statement is embedded within the top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The statement "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" is centered along the bottom border with a padlock icon printed on each side. "OMAHA, NEBRASKA 58104" is printed below the bank's logo and name in the top center. "Issued through Firstar Bank of Minnesota, N.A., St. Paul, Minnesota" is printed in the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks display the routing number 092005411, which is assigned to First Interstate Bank, Helena, Montana. Great Western Bank issues cashier's checks through a payable- through-account at First Interstate Bank. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is displayed in the lower-left corner above "PAYABLE THROUGH FIRST INTERSTATE BANK, HELENA, MT." The following security feature description is centered along the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. ABSENCE OF THIS FEATURE WILL INDICATE A COPY." The phrases "Making Life Great" and "Member FDIC" are printed below the bank's logo and name in the top center. "REMITTER" and "COMMENTS" are displayed on the left side.
GreenBank (now Capital Bank, N.A.)
Greeneville, TN

Contact:
Judy Elliott
Telephone: (423) 278-3092
Fax: (423) 787-1343

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2012-5
February 22, 2012
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the name of GreenBank (now Capital Bank, N.A.) and using a correct routing number of 064201832 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various Internet scams.

Counterfeit items closely resemble the bank's authentic cashier's checks but may be identified by the following: The counterfeit checks are darker green in color, do not include the bank's toll-free telephone number of (800) 639-5111, and include the word “document&lrquo; in the security statement located along the top border of the instrument. Items presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts but more commonly $1,950, $2,700, and $2,780. The items also include a remitter name of either Andrea Giddons or Kim L. Scott.

Potential victims are initially being contacted via e-mail and are then receiving the counterfeit checks via an overnight courier service. The e-mail messages contain specific information regarding the need to immediately wire funds derived from the counterfeit items to a third party. Scams may involve mystery shopping, lottery/sweepstakes, or on-line auctions.
GreenBank
Greeneville, TN

Contact:
Judy Elliott
Telephone: (423) 278-3092
Fax: (423) 798-1410

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-172-2008
August 12, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 064201832, which is assigned to GreenBank. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, they display security feature statements embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's toll-free telephone number below its name and location in the top-center area of the check.
Greene County Bank
Greeneville, Tennessee

Contact:
Steve Ottinger
Telephone: (423) 278-3045
Fax: (423) 787-1276

Counterfeit warrants


SA-46-2005
April 25, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 064201832, which is the routing number for Greene County Bank. The counterfeit items and authentic checks are markedly dissimilar. The counterfeit item has the logo in the upper left corner, contains no contact information and has the words “CASHIER'S CHECK&lrquo; in the lower left-hand corner. The authentic item has the logo at the top center of the check and has the words “Cashier's Check&lrquo; in the upper right-hand corner. The authentic check also contains complete contact information, including address, city, state, zip code and telephone number.
Greenfield Bankiing Company
Greenfield, IN

Contact:
Vickie Mattox
Phone: (317) 467-7037, extension 254
Fax: (317) 467-7054

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-84-2010
June 15, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 074903670, which is assigned to Greenfield Banking Company. The items are tan and display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The bank's name and street address are displayed in the top-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed near the top center of the items. The items display lines for the written dollar amount and the "DATE." Authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. The checks are blue and display a vertical security feature statement along the right border. The bank's logo and name appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name also appears above an "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" line in the lower-right corner.
Greenfield Co-operative Bank
Greenfield, Massachusetts,

Contact:
Deborah Falcon
Phone: (413) 772-0293 Ext. 114
FAX: (413) 773-3808

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-33-2006
February 16, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211870281, which is assigned to Greenfield Co-operative Bank; however, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. On the counterfeit items, "GREENFIELD CO-OP BANK, 144 Main Street, Northfield, MA 01360-1020" is printed in the upper-left corner. In addition, "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed inside a black box in the top center of the item, and "THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES - THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK" is printed across the top of the check within a black border. The counterfeit items include the following statement in the lower-left corner: "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Northfield, MA to Greenfield CO-OP Bank, Northfield, MA for inquiries regarding this instrument phone 1 901-412-1355."

Greenfield Co-operative Bank issues treasurer's checks that bear the words "TREASURER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion of the check. Authentic checks display the bank's logo, name, address and "YOUR LOCALLY OWNED COMMUNITY BANK SINCE 1905" in the top-left corner. The checks are printed on light burgundy paper.
Greenfield Savings Bank
Greenfield, Massachusetts

Contact:
Kate Stevens
Telephone: (413) 775-8119
Fax: (413) 772-2943

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-64-2006
March 17, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number of 211870799, which is assigned to Greenfield Savings Bank; however, they are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks in layout, style, and fonts. The counterfeit items display "Cashier's Check" in the top center, and the bank's name and main office address (including a PO Box number) in the top-left corner. They also include the following across the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic cashier's checks include the words "CASHIERS CHECK" inside the top and bottom borders. They also display the bank's logo, name, branch names and state in the top-left corner. Authentic cashier's checks are light green with ornamental borders on all sides.
Greenfield Savings Bank
Greenfield, Massachusetts

Contact:
Kate Stevens
Telephone: (413) 775-8119
Fax: (413) 772-2943

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-125-2005
September 19, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 211870799 for Greenfield Savings Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The layout, style and fonts are different. The counterfeit items include the words “Cashier's Check&lrquo; in the top-center portion of the check under the name of the bank; authentic checks include the words “CASHIERS CHECK&lrquo; within the scroll border at both the top- and bottom-center areas of the check.
Greenville First Bank, N.A.,
Greenville, MA

Contact: Gwen G. Bridges
Telephone: (864) 679-9000
Fax: (864) 679-9098

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-197-2006
July 14, 2006
The counterfeit items bear the routing number 111036002, which is not assigned to Greenville First Bank. In addition, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items include the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion of the check. The bank's name is printed in the upper-left corner with a heavy black line and a thin black line bordering the bank's name above and below it.

Authentic checks bear the routing number 053208011, which is assigned to Greenville First Bank. The checks have a light gray background and display "OFFICIAL CHECK" directly below a hologram in the top center. Embedded within the hologram are the words "SECURE" and "GENUINE." In addition, the statement "THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK AND MICROPRINTED SIGNATURE LINE" is embedded within the top border of authentic checks.
Greer State Bank,
Greer, SC

Contact: Rick Danner
Telephone: (864) 848-5140
Fax: (864) 968-1437

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-17-2009
January 8, 2009
TThe counterfeit items display the routing number 053202062, which is assigned to Greer State Bank. They also display a security feature statement along the bottom border between two padlock icons. A toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, is displayed in the lower-left corner. Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's address to the right of the logo in the top-left corner and "VOID OVER $ 1.00" in the bottom center.
Greystone Bank,
Raleigh, NC

Contact: Bob Denlinger
Telephone: (919) 882-2373
Fax: (919) 847-8732

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-166-2007
July 2, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a secret shopper scam and are included with correspondence from "Money & Shopping Insite Inc.," which is being sent from Canada. The counterfeit items display the routing number 053112628, which is assigned to Greystone Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. The counterfeit items display security statements embedded within the top and bottom borders. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and "DRAWER: GREYSTONE BANK" appear in the upper-right corner. The bank's name (printed twice), city, state and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, appear in the upper-left corner. Two signature lines appear in the lower-right corner. The bank's name is printed below the written dollar amount line. The items have a "VOID" background when copied.

Greystone Bank issues official checks, rather than cashier's checks. Authentic checks display the routing number 011007092, which is a payable-through account issued by Travelers Express drawn on Boston Safe Deposit & Trust. The checks display the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" vertically along the left side. The wording "Issued By: Traveler's Express Company, Inc., P.O. Box 9476, Minneapolis, MN 55480" and "Drawee: Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Co., Boston, Massachusetts" appear in the top center. The statement "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" is vertically printed above a security padlock icon within the right border. Authentic checks have one signature line.
The Grundy National Bank of Grundy Center (d/b/a Grundy National Bank)
Grundy Center, IA

Contact: Rose Curren
Telephone: ((319) 824-5431
Fax: (319) 824-3854

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-55-2006
October 11, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a nationwide mystery-shopper scam. To date, correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items has included letterhead of either "Global Market Insite, Inc.," or "Mystery Shopper, USA."

The counterfeit items display the routing number of 073905064, which is assigned to The Grundy National Bank. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks and include the name "The Grundy National Bank," the GNB logo, the bank's location, and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, in the upper-left corner. Centered at the top are the words "CASHIER'S CHECK." In the center of the counterfeit items is a rectangle containing six arrows pointing right with the wording "MATCH THE AMOUNT IN WORDS WITH THE AMOUNT IN NUMBERS" directly above the arrows. Also, the words "DRAWER" and "REMITTER" are printed on the right side of the counterfeit items. Authentic checks include the bank's GNB logo and "Grundy National Bank" in the top center. The word "REMITTER" is displayed in the upper-left corner and "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed in the lower-left corner.
Grundy National Bank
Grundy Center, IA

Contact: Rose Curren
Telephone: ((319) 824-5431
Fax: (319) 824-3854

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-55-2006
October 11, 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 073905064 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopper scam. Counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits: The bank's GNB 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 and enclosed in a box. The center of the instrument contains a rectangle with six arrows pointing towards the drawer name and the dollar amount of the check. The top portion of the rectangular area contains the phrase "Match the amount in words with the amount in numbers." To the right of the box is the drawer bank information followed by an authorized signature line. The remitter information appears directly beneath the signature line. Items presented to date contain drawer bank names of either Grundy National Bank or Eagle National Bank and include a remitter name of either Global Market Insite, Inc. or Mystery Shopper USA.

Correspondence accompanying the checks may contain the letterhead of either "Global Market Insite, Inc., Suite 290 80 Queen Street, Kitchener, ON N2H 6L4, Tel/Fax #1-519-731-2381, www.gmi-mr.com" or "Mystery Shopper, USA, 888 Dunsmuir Street, Vancouver, BC V6C 3K4, Tel/Fax #1-604-338-3924, www.bmiltd.com." Both letters are signed by Susan Hutchins and contain the same basic information. The letters inform recipients that they have been pre-qualified to be a secret shopper for the company. It is explained that the enclosed cashier's check (generally exceeding $3,000) is to be used to purchase merchandise at various nationally known merchants as well as to transfer money using a nationally known wire service. The funds to be spent at each location are broken down with a specific dollar amount, with the shopper being allotted the remaining funds as payment for their mystery shopper service. Recipients are instructed to contact an assignment coordinator, who can be reached at 519-731-2381, Ext 200 or 604-338-3924, Ext 200.
Guaranty Bank
Denver, CO

Contact:
Dee Smith
Telephone: (303) 293-5511
Fax: (303) 313-6750

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-32-2007
January 24, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 102000966, which is assigned to Guaranty Bank and Trust Company. The items also display a logo consisting of a light shaded "G" surrounded by a dark shaded box, which is the negative image of the bank's actual logo. The following security statement is displayed at the bottom of the item: "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED DETAILS ON BACK."

Authentic checks display a logo consisting of a dark-shaded "G" and a telephone number below the bank's mailing address. The following security statement is displayed beneath the signature line: "THE BACK OF THIS CHECK CONTAINS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK; HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW WATERMARK."
Guaranty Bank
Mamou, LA

Contact:
Ryan Vidrine
Telephone: (337) 468-5274
Cell Phone: (337) 351-2637

Counterfeit Bank Money Orders


SA-31-2011
October 25, 2011
The counterfeit items display the routing number 065204663, which is assigned to Guaranty Bank. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement within a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. They display one signature line in the lower-right corner.

Authentic bank money orders display an ornate design along the left border. They display two signature lines in the lower-right corner.
Guaranty Bond Bank
Mount Pleasant, TX

Contact:
Marcana Ellithorp
Telephone: (903) 572-9881
Fax: (903) 572-9658

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-60-2007
March 16, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 051900353, which is assigned to Branch Banking and Trust Company, Charleston, West Virginia (BB&T). Guaranty Bond Bank issues cashier's checks using a payable-through account at BB&T. Although the counterfeit items are similar to authentic checks, the counterfeit items have security feature descriptions embedded within the top and bottom borders and have rounded corners, which authentic checks do not have. Authentic checks have security feature descriptions printed along the top border. The words "BANK WITH PRIDE" are printed vertically along the right border. The checks are printed on light-green paper with a basket-weave pattern and have squared corners.
Guaranty Bond Bank
Mount Pleasant, TX

Contact:
Stan Garrett
Telephone: (903) 572-9881
Fax: (903) 572-6150

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-163-2005
November 18, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111915327, which is assigned to Guaranty Bond Bank. However, authentic cashier's checks issued by Guaranty Bond Bank display the routing number 051900353, which is assigned to Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T), Charleston, West Virginia. The counterfeit items bear the name "Guaranty Bank," and the format, style and layout of the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks.
Guernsey Bank
Worthington, OH

Contact:
Betsy Bass
Telephone: (614) 985-0266
Fax: (614) 985-0355
E-mail: bbass@guernseybank.com

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-19-2011
April 6, 2011
The counterfeit items display the routing number 044072298, which is assigned to The Guernsey Bank. The items are dissimilar to authentic official checks and when copied have a "VOID" background. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The bank's logo when copied is a blank box.

Authentic official checks have ornate borders. A security feature statement is below the combined "THE PAY TO THE ORDER" and numerical amount line, followed by a padlock and statement. The bank's logo is a boxed Guernsey cow face in the top-left corner.
Gulf Coast Bank
Abbeville, Louisiana

Contact:
Chris Juneau
Telephone: (337) 893-7733
Fax: (337) 893-7319

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-20-2006
February 8, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 065201860, which is assigned to Gulf Coast Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks in style. The counterfeit items do not display a logo, and the bank's name is printed in the top-left portion – but not in the corner – of the counterfeit items. In addition, security wording is embedded in the top border of the counterfeit checks.

Authentic expense checks display the bank's logo, which are the letters "G," "C" and B" intertwined, inside a shaded box in the top-left corner of the check. The bank's name is printed to the right of the logo.
Gulfstream Business Bank
Stuart, FL

Contact:
Leo Bondi
Telephone: (772) 426-8100
Fax: (772) 426-8190

Counterfeit Checks


SA-42-2009
March 4, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 067014712, which is assigned to Gulfstream Business Bank. A security statement is embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The bank's name and address appear in the top-center area. Authentic checks display the bank's name, address, Web site, telephone number and fax number in the top-left corner.
Gunnison Bank and Trust
Gunnison, Colorado

Contact: Ms. Sue Torenson
Telephone: (970) 641-7825

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-18-2004
February 4, 2004
The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the bank's proper routing number of 102101276. While the counterfeit items are similar to the authentic cashier's checks, the print font on the counterfeit items is slightly altered. In addition, The Crested Butte Bank (branch) printed in the lower left-hand corner of the counterfeit item is misspelled as The "G"rested Butte Bank.
Hamlin National Bank
Hamlin, Texas

Contact:
Dan Byerly
Telephone: (325) 576-2731
Fax: (325) 576-3390

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-45-2006
February 28, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111304307, which is assigned to Hamlin National Bank, and the items contain the following security statement 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 counterfeit items also display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" along the left border. The bank's name appears in the center of the item with a logo to the left – a "1" superimposed on a United States map. The wording "TO THE ORDER OF" appears in the lower-left corner of the item.

Authentic cashier's checks contain a security statement on in the top border, which states: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER." The bank's logo of an eagle is displayed in the top-left portion of the check, followed by the bank's name and address as follows: "HAMLIN NATIONAL BANK, 231 South Central Avenue, Hamlin, Texas 79520." The wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" is displayed in the right-center portion of the check, directly beneath the wording "VOID AFTER 180 DAYS."
Hamlin National Bank
Hamlin, Texas

Contact:
OCC
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2006-8
January 13, 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 111304307, are being presented nationwide for payment in connection with a Nigerian check fraud scam.
Hampden Bank
Springfield, Massachusetts

Contact:
Edward J. Kuchyt
Telephone: (413) 736-1812
Fax: (413) 747-7427
E-mail: ekuchyt@hampdenbank.com
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-117-2006
April 25, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211870977, which is assigned to Hampden Bank, and are similar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit checks are of two different styles and are reportedly part of a Canadian lottery scam. One counterfeit version is printed on light brown check stock, with the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" displayed in the top center. The second counterfeit version is printed on light blue check stock, with the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK – MAIN OFFICE" displayed in the top center. Both counterfeit versions have the following statement embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic cashier's checks display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK – MAIN OFFICE" in the top center and have a framed border. The checks do not display security wording.
Hampden Bank (formerly Hampden Savings Bank),
Springfield, Massachusetts

Contact:
Edward J. Kuchyt
Telephone: (413) 736-1812
Fax: (413) 747-7427
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-19-2006
February 8, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211870977, which is assigned to Hampden Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the words "Cashier's Check" at the top-center portion of the item. "Hampden Savings Bank" is printed in the top-left corner above the bank's address, in which the city name is misspelled. The counterfeit items are printed on paper with a blue background.

Authentic cashier's checks bear the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" at the top-center portion of the check, along with an issuing branch office name. "Hampden Bank" is printed in the top-left corner above "Hampden Savings Bank, Springfield, Massachusetts" and below the bank's two rolling-hills logo. Authentic checks are printed on pink paper.
Hampden Bank
Springfield, Massachusetts

Contact:
Edward J. Kuchyt
Telephone: (413) 736-1812
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-152-2005
November 1, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211870977, which is assigned to Hampden Bank, formerly known as Hampden Savings Bank, Springfield, Massachusetts. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic official checks in style, font and layout.
Hamilton Bank
Hamilton, MO

Contact:
Mark Ayers
Telephone: (816) 583-2143, extension 260
Fax: (816) 583-4945
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-280-2007
October 18, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 101918075, which is assigned to The Hamilton Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display a security statement embedded in the top border and use block print for the numerical dollar amount. The bank's name and logo are shown in the top-left corner, with the location shown in the top center. Authentic checks have a "Notice to Customers" in the lower-left corner. The bank's name and location are displayed in the top center.
Hanmi Bank
Los Angaeles, CA

Contact:
Nancy U. Chong Lee
Telephone: (213) 427-4274
Fax: (213) 351-5966
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-9-2009
January 5, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122234482, which is assigned to Hanmi Bank. Hanmi Bank acquired Pacific Union Bank four years ago. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and the name and address for Pacific Union Bank in the top-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the lower-left corner. Hanmi Bank no longer issues checks drawn against Pacific Bank. Hanmi Bank's cashier's checks display the routing number 122039399. Authentic checks are pink and have darkened top and bottom borders. The bank's logo, name, address and a toll-free phone number appear in the upper-left corner. A notice to purchasers is displayed in the lower-left corner.
Harbor Bank of Maryland, The
Baltimore, Maryland

Contact:
Rene D. Washington
Phone: (443) 923-0566 Direct
Fax: (410) 735-3330
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-65-2006
March 17, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to US Bank, St. Paul, MN. The Harbor Bank of Maryland issues cashier's checks through US Bank. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic cashier's checks in appearance, and bear the bank's name, city, state and zip code and a toll-free number, which is not associated with the bank, on the upper-left side. A "Memo" line appears in the lower-left corner and the words "Check No." are printed in the upper-right corner. In the top border is the following statement: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A GRADUATED BACKGROUND DARK TO LIGHT THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's name, city, state and zip code in the top center, and a "REMITTER" line appears on the upper-left side. Authentic items have a microprint signature line and are printed on blue paper.
Harbor National Bank
Charleston, SC

Contact:
Kathy M. Hall
Phone: (843) 852-6401
Fax: (843) 852-6409
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-2-2009
February 4, 2009
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 053208176 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam. The counterfeit checks bear little resemblance to the authentic items and may be identified by the following traits: the instruments are of unknown color, contain the words “CASHIER'S CHECK&lrquo; in the upper-center portion of the check followed by an indemnity statement, and include the following security statement in the top border: “For security purposes, the face of this check contains a colored background and microprinting in the border.&lrquo; The bottom-left section of the item contains the following statement: “HARBOR NATIONAL BANK; Issued by Harbor National Bank, Charleston, SC 29407, For Inquiries, Call: 1-866-475-8028.&lrquo; Please note that this telephone number is not associated with the bank. The following security statement is printed between two padlock icons in the bottom-center section: “Security Features Included. Details on Back.&lrquo; and the statement: “Countersigned if Amount is Over $5,000&lrquo; appears beneath the signature line. Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,996, include a remitter name of C.S.R. Inc, contain a 9-digit serial number, and are signed by Thomas W. Casey. Due to possible variations in the appearance of the bank's official items and differing scams associated with the counterfeit items, officials of Harbor National Bank suggest they be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's cashier's checks if received from an unknown or questionable source.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks may contain the letterhead of “Consumer Service Research Inc., 304 SD Highway 38, Suite 124, Hartford, SD 57093, Tel/Fax #: 1-289-888-1687 OR 1-289-888-1841&lrquo; and may be signed by Pam Davids, Head Assignment Co-ordinator. The correspondence informs the recipient that he or she has been selected to represent the company as a mystery shopper. It is explained that the enclosed cashier's check is to be used during the assignment to make purchases at various merchants and to transfer money using a nationally known wire service. Recipients are instructed to telephone 1-289-888-1687 Ext 100 or 1-289-888-1841 Ext 100 and then press 1 to connect to a coordinator for detailed instructions.
Harford Bank
Aberdeen, MD

Contact: Ron Walker
Telephone: (410) 272-5000
Fax: (410) 272-1895

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-142-2007
June 6, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 055001070, which is assigned to Harford Bank, and are light blue with blue print and borders. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed inside of a rectangle with rounded corners centered below the top border. The address "2905 Emmorton Road, Abingdon, MD 21009" is printed in black in the upper-left corner below the bank's logo and name. A "MEMO" line appears in the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks are light green with green borders and black print. "OFFICIAL CHECK" is printed inside of a rectangle with rounded corners centered below the top border. In the upper- right corner, above a padlock security symbol, are the following statements, printed on two lines: "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Englewood, Colorado;" and "JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A., Denver, Colorado." An Aberdeen, Maryland, post office box address appears in the upper- left corner below the bank's logo and name.
The Harleysville National Bank and Trust Company
Harleysville, PA

Contact:
Robert A. Opferman
Phone: (215) 513-2409
Fax: (215) 256-8295
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-55-2009
May 8, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 022000868, which is assigned to Citibank, N.A., Buffalo, New York. The Harleysville National Bank and Trust Company issues official checks through Citibank, N.A. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic official checks. They display a security statement below the center of the top border and two signature lines in the lower-right corner. Authentic official checks have a scroll design on the top and side borders. The words "Official Check" appear inside a rectangle with rounded corners in the top-center area. A padlock icon is shown below one signature line in the lower-right corner.
The Harleysville National Bank and Trust Company (doing business as Harleysville National Bank),
Harleysville, PA

Contact:
Branch Administration
Phone: (215) 256-8851, extension 64357, option #2
Fax: (215) 256-9517
Counterfeit Checks


SA-114-2008
May 30, 2008
The items are reportedly accompanied by a letter with the letterhead "All American Publishers Association." The counterfeit items display the routing number 022000868, which is assigned to Citibank (New York State), Buffalo, New York. Harleysville National Bank official checks are issued by Integrated Payment Systems Inc., Englewood, Colorado, through Citibank (New York State). The items are dissimilar to authentic official checks and display a "VOID" background when copied. The following security feature statement is embedded within a darkened top border with rounded corners: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." A security statement is also shown along the bottom border between two padlocks.

Authentic official checks display the words "Official Check" inside a rectangle with rounded corners in the top center. Printed on both sides of the rectangle is the following security statement: "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." The top and side borders have a scroll pattern with a box in each top corner and a circle in each lower corner. A padlock icon and security feature notice are in the lower-right corner.
Harleysville National Bank,
Harleysville, PA

Contact:
Amanda Moyer
Phone: (215) 256-8851 ext. 61286
Fax: (215) 256-8295
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-10-2007
February 27, 2007
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit official checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 022000868 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various lottery scams.

Counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits: the checks are blue in color with a darker blue border. The following statement is located in the top border of the item: “THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND HIGH RESOLUTION BORDER. THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK.&lrquo; The bank's name is located in the upper-left corner of the check, the words “official check&lrquo; are located in the top-center portion of the instrument, and the following statement is printed in the lower-left section of the check: “Issued by Integrated Payament System Inc, Englewood, Colorado To Citibank (New york State) Buffalo, NY.&lrquo; Note the typo of the lower-case “y&lrquo; in “New york.&lrquo;

Items presented to date have been made payable in various amounts from $2,985 to $14,000. Correspondence accompanying the checks may contain the letterhead of “Colina Financial Group LTD (CFG), Trusted Financial Services, PO Box N-4728, Nassau, Bahamas, Sponsor: Readers Digest, Publishers Clearing House, Sweepstakes, Lotto.&lrquo; The letter alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize and should contact the office immediately. The recipient is advised to keep all information confidential and is encouraged to act by a specific date or the winnings will be forfeited. Recipients are to contact claims agents Mr. Kelly Brangu / Mrs. Diana Ford at 1-778-552-1304 or Mr. Hickey Lambert / Mrs. Judy Armstrong at 778-552-1063 (Canadian telephone numbers) for further instruction. The correspondence may be signed by Franklin R. Macdougal, Snr or Anderson L. Harriman, Snr. Note that both use the title of Director Claims & Credit Control.
Haven Savings Bank,
Hoboken, NJ

Contact:
Joseph Tompkins
Phone: (201) 659-3600, Extension 279
Fax: (201) 222-7671
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-240-2007
August 28, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 044015543, which is assigned to Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio. Haven Savings Bank issues official checks through Travelers Express Company, Inc., which uses a payable-through account at Huntington National Bank. The items are similar to authentic official checks; however, they have a "VOID" background when copied and one signature line. The counterfeit items display the following security feature statement in a darkened top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON THE BACK" are centered along the bottom border between two padlock symbols.

Authentic checks display the following statements within a darkened top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." Two signature lines appear side by side in the lower right-corner. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURES" are centered beneath the two signature lines.
Haverhill Bank,
Haverhill, MA

Contact:
Patrick Dwyer
Phone: (978) 374-0161
Fax: (978) 556-4256
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-85-2008
April 14, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211370053, which is assigned to Haverhill Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic Treasurer's checks and have a speckled background. The counterfeit items also display a security feature statement between two padlock icons centered in the bottom border. A logo, the bank's name and location, and a toll-free telephone number (1.888.360.9571), which is not associated with the bank, appear in the top center. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are in the lower-left corner and "RE" is in the top-left corner. The word "PER" precedes the signature line and the initials "MP" are at the end of the signature line. The words "Signing Officer" are printed below the signature line. A rectangle contains the numeric dollar amount on the right side.

Haverhill Bank does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue treasurer's checks. Authentic treasurer's checks display a darkened top border with rounded corners. The following security feature statement is embedded within the top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A TWO TONED COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDERS. THE REVERSE SIDE FEATURES ARTIFICIAL WATERMARKS." The bank's logo, name, slogan "Just One Bank" and branch addresses appear in the top-left corner. The words "TREASURER'S CHECK" are centered in the middle area. The word "MEMO" appears in the lower-left corner below a "NOTICE TO CUSTOMER" and indemnity bond statement inside a table. The word "BY" precedes the signature line and "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appears below the signature line.
Heartland Bank,
St. Louis, MO

Contact:
Pamela G. Berg
Phone: (314) 512-8551
Fax: (314) 512-8688
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-31-2008
February 8, 2008
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 281073445, which is assigned to Heartland Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items are light blue with a dark blue top border. A security feature statement is embedded in the top border, and a padlock image is printed in the lower-right corner. The words “OFFICIAL CHECK&lrquo; are printed inside of a round-cornered rectangle in the top center. The bank's name and location are shown in the top-left corner, and “NAME OF REMITTER&lrquo; appears in the lower-left corner. The bank's name as “DRAWER&lrquo; is shown below the signature line.

Authentic checks are shaded tan and pink and display ornate borders. The bank's logo, name, post office box address and Web site are printed in the top center. The words “CASHIER'S CHECK&lrquo; appear in the lower-right corner above the signature line. A padlock security symbol with security statements are centered vertically within the right border. The word “REMITTER&lrquo; is shown in the top-left corner.
Hedrick Savings Bank,
Ottumwa, IA

Contact:
Michelle Bowers
Telephone: (641) 683-1300
Fax: (641) 683-1400
E-mail: Michelle@hedricksavingsbank.com
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-5-2011
January 3, 2011
The counterfeit items display the routing number 073921129, which is assigned to Hedrick Savings Bank. The items are very similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, authentic checks display ornate borders.
Heritage Bank, The
Hinesville, GA

Contact:
Barbara Smith
Telephone: (912) 408-6102
Fax: (912) 369-9397

Missing, Lost or Stolen Cashier's Checks


SA-168-2005
November 21, 2005
The Heritage Bank, Hinesville, Georgia, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are missing, lost or stolen. The instruments have serial numbers ranging from 2653 through 2662, for a total of 10 checks.
Heritage Bank
Great Falls, Montana
Contact: Ms. Deana Novosel
Telephone: (406) 727-6106
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
FIL-101-2002
September 3 , 2002
The items bear the routing number 092902983.
Heritage Bank of Commerce, The
San Jose, CA

Contact:
JIll Howard
Telephone: (408) 792-4084
Fax: (408) 947-6910

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-122-2006
April 28, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 121142287, which is assigned to Heritage Bank of Commerce, but are dissimilar in appearance to authentic official checks. The counterfeit items display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center, and the bank's name in the upper- left corner above a "Remitter" line. The bank's name, address and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, appear in the lower-left corner. The following statement is embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A GRADUATED BACKGROUND, DARK TO LIGHT. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic official checks display the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the top center and the bank's name, address and telephone number in the upper-left corner. Authentic official checks are issued by Integrated Payment Systems Inc., payable through Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., and display the routing number 122037171. The checks are gray and fade to pink in the center. A security lock symbol and a description of security features are printed in the lower-right corner. The borders are ornate. The following statement is printed twice below the top border: "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK."
Heritage Bank of Nevada
Reno, NV

Contact:
Steve Carrick
Telephone: (775) 321-4109
Fax: (775) 348-0488

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-23-21011
August 2, 2011
The counterfeit items display the routing number 121201814, which is assigned to Heritage Bank of Nevada. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. A security feature statement is centered below the top border. A vertical security feature statement and padlock icon are centered along the right border. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are top-centered inside a round-cornered rectangle. The bank's name is in the top-left corner. An indemnity bond statement and "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., New York, NY" are in the lower-left corner. A restrictive statement is shown above and "REMITTER" below the signature line

Authentic official checks have a green background with ornate borders. A security feature statement and padlock icon follow "DOLLARS" on the right side. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are top-centered inside an elongated rectangle with outward arrows at each end. The bank's name, P.O. Box address, and telephone number are in the lower-left corner. "REMITTER" is in the top-left corner.
Heritage Bank of Schaumburg
Schaumburg, Illinois

Contact:
Caroline Cuthbert
Phone: (847) 524-4004 extension 35
Fax: (847) 524-1974
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-142-2006
May 15, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071924131, which is assigned to Heritage Bank of Schaumburg, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the bank's name and address in the top-left corner. Also, the following statement is embedded within the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A GRADUATED BACKGROUND DARK TO LIGHT. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." However, no watermark appears on the reverse side. The word "Purchaser" appears on the left side below the dollar amount line.

Authentic checks display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center of the check above a notice to purchaser statement. The bank's logo, name and address are printed in the lower left, and a "PURCHASER" line appears in the upper-left corner. The following statement is embedded in the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK SEAL ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW SEAL." Authentic cashier's checks are blue and white, and the authorized signature area includes a colored background and security features.
Heritage Bank in Jonesboro, Georgia

Contact:
Ms. Hilda Howington
Telephone: (678) 284-3408

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-44-2004
July 1, 2004
Heritage Bank in Jonesboro, Georgia, contacted the FDIC to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution name of Citizens National Bank (CNB), payable through BB&T, Charleston, West Virginia, are being circulated.

The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 051900353 for BB&T. (BB&T is one of many correspondent banks used by Travelers Express to clear official checks for institutions served by Travelers Express.) Heritage Bank uses Travelers Express to process its official checks. The check numbering sequence in the upper right-hand corner of the official checks is used by Travelers Express to identify the ultimate payer bank, which, in this case, directed Travelers Express to Heritage Bank. Several of the check numbers on the counterfeit items are identical to the check numbers from Heritage Bank's official checks that were negotiated in 2003; hence, the numbering sequence resulted in Travelers Express contacting Heritage Bank for payment.

Specifically, these counterfeit checks are in even dollar amounts ranging from $3,400 to $37,500; signed by “Tiffany&lrquo; (last name unreadable); and payable to various individuals.

Heritage Community Bank, Hartsville, SC

Contact:
Shannon R. Morrison
Telephone: (678) 284-3408

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-164-2008
August 12, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 053207973, which is assigned to Heritage Community Bank. The items also display a security feature statement along the bottom border between two padlocks. A toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, is shown below the bank's name and location in the top-center area. Heritage Community Bank does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue official checks. Authentic official checks display the bank's logo and name in the top center and the words "Official Check" in the top-right corner.
Heritage Oaks Bank
Paso Robles, California

Contact:
Joan Parr
Telephone: (805) 239-5200 ext 291
Fax: (805) 238-6257
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-73-2006
March 27, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122239982, which is assigned to Heritage Oaks Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks in appearance. The counterfeit items display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" along the left border. The bank's name appears in the top center of the item with an adjacent logo of a "1" superimposed on a United States map. The wording "TO THE ORDER OF" appears in the lower-left corner of the item.

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's acorn logo, name and address in the top-left corner, and the words "CASHIERS CHECK" in the top center. Authentic items have an acorn logo in the center with dark green borders on all sides. Authentic checks also state "PAYABLE THROUGH PREFERRED BANK LOS ANGELES, CA."
Heritage Federal Credit Union
Newburgh, Indiana

Contact:
Holly Jones
Telephone: (812) 853-7306, extension 2277
Counterfeit Checks


SA-341-2006
December 28, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 281378108, which is assigned to Heritage Federal Credit Union. The counterfeit items are virtually identical in style to authentic checks. However, the one distinguishing feature is the color of the check stock. The counterfeit items are printed on pink paper; authentic checks are printed on blue paper.
Heritage Oaks Bank
Paso Robles, California

Contact:
Joan Parr
Telephone: (805) 239-5200 ext 291
Fax: (805) 238-6257
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-65-2006
March 17, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to US Bank, St. Paul, MN. The Harbor Bank of Maryland issues cashier's checks through US Bank. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic cashier's checks in appearance, and bear the bank's name, city, state and zip code and a toll-free number, which is not associated with the bank, on the upper-left side. A "Memo" line appears in the lower-left corner and the words "Check No." are printed in the upper-right corner. In the top border is the following statement: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A GRADUATED BACKGROUND DARK TO LIGHT THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's name, city, state and zip code in the top center, and a "REMITTER" line appears on the upper-left side. Authentic items have a microprint signature line and are printed on blue paper.
Herring Bank
Amarillo, TX

Contact:
Joe Cowden
Telephone: (806) 677-7000, extension 551
Fax: (806) 354-2736
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-46-2008
February 25, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111302846, which is assigned to Herring Bank. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display security feature statements embedded in the top and bottom borders. The bank's logo and name contained in a darkened rectangle are in the top-left corner next to the bank's name (repeated) and address. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and an indemnity bond statement are in the lower-left corner. There is one signature line above the words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" in the lower-right corner. Authentic cashier's checks have ornate borders and two signature lines in the lower-right corner. The word "REMITTER" is in the top-left corner. The bank's logo, name, city and state are printed in the top-center area. The words "Cashier's Check" are inside a double-bordered rectangle in the lower-left corner.
HFS Federal Credit Union
Hilo, Hawaii

Contact:
Donna Stillman
Telephone: (808) 930-1406
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-338-2006
December 28, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 321378660, which is assigned to HFS Federal Credit Union. The items also display the following security statement across the top of the item: "The face of this document has a colored background on white paper and original security screen on back with Padlock Security Icon."
Hiawatha National Bank
Hager City, WI

Contact:
Cyndy E. Tuttle
Telephone: (715) 265-4211
Fax: (715) 265-4388
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-44-2007
July 25, 2007
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name but using Country FCU's routing number of 263179914 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various lottery scams. The counterfeit checks do not resemble authentic items and may be identified by the following: the bank's logo, name, and address are located in the upper-left corner of the instrument. The following statement is printed in the top-center section: “NOTICE TO MEMBERS: The purchase of an indemnity bond may be required before any official check will be replaced or refunded in the event it is lost, misplaced or stolen.&lrquo; The words “CASHIER'S CHECK&lrquo; are located directly beneath this statement. The words “Pay Exactly&lrquo; are located in the top-left section of the item followed horizontally by the written dollar amount and the numerical dollar amount, which is enclosed in a rectangular-shaped box. A remitter area appears in the bottom-left, one signature line appears in the bottom-right, and the statement “VOID AFTER 90 DAYS – NOT VALID OVER $10,000.00&lrquo; is located in the bottom center section of the check.

Items presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts with the majority made payable for $2,780.00. The items contain a 5-digit serial number beginning with the series “62,&lrquo; include a remitter name of Steve Wright, and have been dated 6/29/07. Due to possible variations of appearance, it is suggested that officials of Hiawatha National Bank be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's cashier's checks if received from an unknown or questionable source.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items may contain the letterhead of “Global Sweepstakes Prize Inc., 3 Baker Road, Kings Cross, London W79DP.&lrquo; The letter alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize and instructs the recipient to contact Robert Dunn or Vivian Campbell at 01144-776-720-4828 within 14 days, or the money will be forfeited. The letter further states that the enclosed check is to be used to pay the clearance fees. The letter may be signed by Claud Clayton or Melinda Hillford. Another letter accompanying the counterfeit items has contained the letterhead of Skye Sweepstakes Prize Inc. This correspondence instructs the recipient to contact Steve Wright within 14 days at 01144-784-714-8243 to claim the prize. This letter may be signed by Melinda Hillford.
Highlands Bank
Jackson, LA

Contact:
Sonja Diaz
Telephone: (225) 634-7741
Fax: (225) 634-2066
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-34-2010
April 2, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 065201886, which is assigned to The Highlands Bank. The items are very similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items are blue and have a security feature statement that is top-centered. Authentic cashier's checks are green and display a security feature statement below the written amount line, as well as a security padlock icon at the end of the line.
Highlands Independent Bank
Sebring, Florida

Contact:
Ms. Hazel Steedley
Telephone: (863) 385-8700

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-32-2004
April 12, 2004
The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank, payable through U.S. Bank, St. Paul, Minnesota, and display the proper routing number of 096016765. The counterfeit instruments closely resemble the authentic checks; however, the counterfeit items display "PAYABLE THROUGH FIRSTAR BANK OF MINNESOTA, N.A., ST. PAUL, MN" in the lower left-hand corner of the check, while the authentic checks properly display "PAYABLE THROUGH U.S. BANK, ST. PAUL, MN."
High Desert State Bank
Rio Rancho, NM

Contact:
Barbara Evans
Telephone: (505) 798-1133 or (505) 821-9854
Fax: (505) 896-3680

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-134-2005
October 3, 2005
The items are reportedly associated with a mystery shopper scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 107006677, which is assigned to High Desert State Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display a "VOID" background when copied. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" appear inside a rectangle with rounded corners centered just below the top border. The bank's name and location are in the top-left corner and "NAME OF REMITTER" is shown in the lower-left corner. The bank's name and location are repeated as "DRAWER" below the signature line along with the address "3002 Southern Blvd Se [sic], Rio Rancho, New Mexico."

High Desert State Bank does not issue official checks; however, it does issue cashier's checks. Authentic cashier's checks have ornate borders and display the following security statement within the top border: "Front of document features colored background inside this high resolution border and a white band outside of border. Back of document has grey printing on a white background. 'Security Document' is micro-printed in bottom border and 'Authorized Signature' in signature line." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are shown inside a rectangle with outward-pointing ornate arrows at each end in the top-center area. A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMER," an indemnity bond statement and "REMITTER" appear in the top-left corner. The bank's logo, name, the phrase "MEMBER FDIC," and address appear in the lower-left corner. A padlock icon and security wording are on the right side and the phrase "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $2500" appears above two signature lines.
High Point Bank and Trust Company
High Point, North Carolina

Contact:
Kelly Brown
Telephone: Telephone: (336) 881-3400
Fax: (336) 889-2129
E-mail: kbrown@highpointbank.com
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-149-2010
December 22, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 053100685, which is assigned to High Point Bank and Trust Company. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and when copied have a "VOID" background. They are borderless on the top and sides and display a security feature statement along the bottom border between two padlock icons. Authentic cashier's checks are light blue with borders on all sides. A security feature statement is embedded in a dark blue top border and vertically along the right side with a padlock icon. A heat sensitive circle with red images is centered in the middle portion.
High Point Bank and Trust Company
High Point, North Carolina

Contact:
Nikki Bennett
Telephone: (336) 881-3465

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-134-2005
October 3, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 011104351, which is assigned to The Simsbury Bank & Trust Company, Simsbury, Connecticut. However, the counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic checks. Authentic checks are referred to as Treasurer Checks, while counterfeit items are referred to as Official Checks. Authentic checks have the bank's logo displayed prior to the bank name in the top-left portion of the check. Counterfeit items do not have a logo. The format, style and font are also different. Counterfeit items display a telephone number, while authentic checks do not.
Hillcrest Bank Florida
Naples, FL

Contact:
Susan J. Grose
Phone: (239) 254-2988
Fax: (239) 593-4827

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-28-2007
January 11, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 067016105, which is assigned to Hillcrest Bank Florida. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks and display the bank's logo, the name "Hillcrest Bank," and address in the upper-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are printed in the top center, and security feature descriptions are embedded in the top border. The phrase "PAYABLE THROUGH FIRST INTERSTATE BANK HELENA, MT" is printed in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks display the bank's logo, name, and address in the top center, and the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are printed in the lower left.
Hillcrest Bank
Overland Park, KS

Contact:
Randy Baker
Telephone: (913) 324-6125
Fax: (913) 492-2775

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-281-2006
September 21, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam and are included with a letter from "Celebration Lotto Management Inc, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands." The letter informs the recipient of the "Award Claim Final Notification" and instructs the recipient to deposit the enclosed check "into your bank account immediately to pay for your processing fees and international taxes...." The recipient is also instructed to contact the claim agent at "1-902-412-3169."

The counterfeit items display the routing number 101002949, which is assigned to Hillcrest Bank, and are very similar to authentic cashier's checks. However, authentic checks display the bank's telephone number next to the mailing address in the top-center portion and a dollar sign ("$") in front of the numerically printed dollar amount. In addition, authentic checks display a lock symbol on the right edge of the check; the counterfeit items display a lock symbol to the right of the signature line.
Hilltop National Bank
Casper, Wyoming

Contact:
Wil C. Durham
Telephone: 647-219-5594

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2009-15
September 3, 2009
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 102301199 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a sweepstakes scam.

The counterfeit checks do not resemble the bank's authentic items, and may be identified by the following traits: the instruments are of unknown color and include the following security statement in the top border: “THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK, HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW.&lrquo; The bank name and address may be found in the top-left corner of the check, the words “CASHIER'S CHECK&lrquo; are located in the top-right portion of the item, and the payee information is printed in the bottom-left section. Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $2,170.82 and do not contain the bank's logo. Due to possible variations between the appearance of the bank's authentic items and the counterfeit items associated with differing scams, officials of Hilltop National Bank suggest they be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's official items if received by an unknown individual or entity.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks may contain the letterhead of “EASNER SOLUTIONS, 62 Townline, Orangeville, ON L9W 1V6&lrquo; and may be signed by Carson Bahns, Award Dispatch Manager. The correspondence informs the recipient that he or she has been selected as a winner in a sweepstakes give-away. The letter states that the enclosed check is to be used to pay for a surety bond certificate, which is mandatory in order to collect the winnings. The surety bond is to be obtained from Old Lane Bonding Company (OLBC). Recipients are instructed to contact George Willson at OLBC via telephone at 1-647-219-5594.
Hilltop National Bank
Casper, Wyoming

Contact:
Customer Accounting Department
Telephone: (307) 265-2740

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2008-46
November 7, 2008
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using either a correct routing number of 102301199 or the routing number of 112203122, which is associated with Valley Bank of Commerce in Roswell, NM, are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.

The counterfeit checks do not resemble the authentic items and may be identified by the following: the instruments are olive green in color, contain the bank's name, address, and a lamppost logo in the upper-left portion of the item. The words “CASHIER'S CHECK&lrquo; are located in the top-center portion of the check, with the date and check number appearing directly beneath. The following security statement appears in the top border: “THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK ON BACK. HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW.&lrquo; The words “Authorized Signature&lrquo; appear below the signature line in the bottom-right corner of the instrument.

Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $1,870.88.

The award claim notification correspondence accompanying the checks may contain the letterhead of “Marrel Management Payment Systems, 922 Third Ave., Kamloops, BC V2C6W5, Direct Telephone: 1 (647) 219-7710.&lrquo; The recipient is informed of his or her winning status of a large dollar amount in the sweepstakes drawing and is instructed to keep his or her winning status confidential. The recipient is informed that the enclosed check will be used to pay applicable taxes on the winnings and is further instructed to contact claim agent Mrs. Kathy Walker at 1-647-219-7710 for further clarification and instructions. The letter may be signed by David Baker, Promotions Manager.

Due to possible variations in the appearance of the bank's official items and differing scams associated with the counterfeit or fictitious items, officials of Hilltop National Bank recommend that any recipient who receives any of the bank's official items from an unknown or questionable source should contact the bank to verify the item's authenticity.
Home Bank and Trust Company,
Eureka, KS

Contact:
Tyson Rucker
Telephone: (620) 583-5516
Fax: (620) 583-5411

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-123-2009
July 22, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 101102289, which is assigned to Home Bank and Trust Company. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are centered at the top inside a darkened box. "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems Inc., Englewood, Colorado to Home Bank, N.A., Eureka, KS" is shown in the lower-left corner. The bank's logo, name, P.O. Box address and location appear in the top-left corner. The items have one signature line and a "VOID" background when copied.

Authentic checks have a dotted background and ornate borders. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed in the lower-left corner below "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS." The bank's logo, six branch street address locations and "Member FDIC" appear in the top-left corner through the top center of the check. Authentic checks have two signature lines and a signature requirement statement below the second line.
The Home Bank, FSB
Ducktown, Tennessee

Contact:
Mr. Mark W. Loudermilk
Telephone: (423) 496-6000
FAX: (423) 478-8638

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-69-2003
October 24, 2003
These instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the bank's routing number of 064202572. The counterfeit instruments appear to be altered copies of an authentic check; however, the authentic item has a two-toned background, micro-printing in the border, and a watermark on the reverse side.
Home Federal Savings Bank,
Detroit, MI

Contact:
Alvin Burks
Telephone: (313) 873-3310
Fax: (313) 873-6395

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-311-2006
November 16, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number of 272071223, which is assigned to Home Federal Savings Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The counterfeit items display an encapsulated foil holograph embedded with the wording "ORIGINAL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT" in the top-center portion of the items. In addition, the following statement is embedded in the top border in small print: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND IN MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICAL WATERMARK." Authentic checks display a scroll-pattern border and display the following statement beneath the amount line: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MULTI-COLOR BACKGROUND, A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, AND A HOLOGRAPHIC FOIL TITLE; ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY."
HomeStreet Bank
Seattle, Washington

Contact:
Carrie Brume
Telephone: (206) 389-7734
E-mail: carrie.brume@homestreet.com
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-82-2006
April 10, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122037171, which is assigned to an account that Integrated Payments Systems, Inc., Englewood, Colorado, has at Wells Fargo Bank, Ltd., Los Angeles, California. HomeStreet Bank issues official checks through Integrated Payment Systems, Inc. The counterfeit items also display a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, in the upper-left corner just below the bank's logo, name and address. The counterfeit items are light blue, and the notation "RE" appears in the lower-left corner to the left of the reference line. Authentic checks are light green and the word "Memo" is printed in the lower-left corner below the memo line.
Home Street Bank
Seattle, WA

Contact:
Carrie Brume
Telephone: (206) 389-7734
Fax: (206) 621-2557
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-103-2005
August 18, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 122037171 for the processing of HomeStreet Bank official checks, which are issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Englewood, Colorado. The layout of the counterfeit items and the layout of authentic checks appear similar. However, the counterfeit items use the term "Remitter" and authentic checks use the term "Memo" in the lower-left portion of the check. Also, the security notice in the top border is different.
The Honesdale National Bank
Honesdale, Pennsylvania

Contact:
Kathy Enslin
Telephone: (570) 253-3355
Fax: (570) 251-9519
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-24-2007
April 23, 2007
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 031308535 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam. While the counterfeit items resemble the authentic items, the counterfeit checks may be identified by the following: the instruments may be brown, yellow, or green in color with a dark top border, which contains the following statement: “THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK.&lrquo;

Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,750.00 and contain a remitter name of “Felicia Ferreira.&lrquo; Due to possible variations of appearance, it is suggested that The Honesdale National Bank be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's official items, if received from an unknown or questionable source.

Correspondence accompanying the checks may contain the letterhead of “Ocean Ontario Lottery Gaming Corporation, 25 Capital Drive, Nepean, Ont. K2G OE9.&lrquo; The letter alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize sponsored by “North-American Sweepstakes Lottery.&lrquo; Prior to negotiating the enclosed check, recipients are instructed to contact one of the following claim agents: Robert Bell at (902) 412-9354, Emily Lewis at (902) 412-9361, Michael Jones at (902) 412-9365, Carol Gates at (902) 412-9367, or Mark Spencer at (902) 412-8838 (all telephone numbers originate out of Nova Scotia). The letter further states that the enclosed check is to be used to pay for applicable taxes on the winnings. In addition, the writer explains that the tax amount is to be paid via Western Union or Moneygram. The correspondence is signed by Willis T. Marshall, Promotion Manager.
The Honesdale National Bank
Honesdale, Pennsylvania

Contact:
Kathy Enslin
Telephone: (570) 253-3362, Extension 1411
Fax: (570) 251-9519
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-153-2006
May 25, 2006
The counterfeit items include the routing number 031308535, which is assigned to The Honesdale National Bank. Counterfeit items have rounded corners on the top and the following security statement is embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."
Authentic checks have slightly rounded corners, with a thin dark border. A security statement is not embedded in the top border. Across the right edge of the check and adjacent to a lock symbol, the following statement is displayed: "Security features are included. Details on back."
The Honesdale National Bank
Honesdale, PA

Contact:
OCC
Fax: (202) 874-5214

Counterfeit Official Checks


Alert 2006-26
May 24, 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 031308535 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a sweepstakes scam.
Honesdale National Bank
Honesdale, Pennsylvania

Contact:
Ms. Kathy Enslin
The Honesdale National Bank Telephone: (570) 253-3355

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-17-2004
March 3, 2004
The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank; however, the only similarity between the authentic checks and the counterfeit checks is that both display the bank's routing number of 031308535.
Hoosac Bank
North Adams, PA

Contact:
Jeff Polucci
Telephone: (413) 663-2188
Fax: (413) 664-8134

Fraudulent Cashier's Checks


SA-137-2007
May 23, 2007
The fraudulent items are reportedly associated with a secret shopper scam and are included with correspondence from The Apex Evaluation and Marketing Services, Ontario, Canada. The fraudulent items display the routing number 211871015, which is assigned to Hoosac Bank. However, Hoosac Bank does not issue cashier's checks. The fraudulent items include the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-left corner. The bank's name and address are centered below the top border. The bank's name is repeated above the signature in the lower-right corner. A security statement is displayed vertically on the right side above a padlock symbol.
Hoosac Bank, North Adams, MA

Contact:
Jeff Polucci
Telephone: (413) 663-2188
Fax: (413) 664-8134
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-73-2009
May 28, 2009
Hoosac Bank does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue money orders and treasurer's checks. The counterfeit items display the routing number 211871015, which is assigned to Hoosac Bank. The items also display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. A toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, and the word "REMITTER" appear in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks display a security feature statement within the top border. The words "MONEY ORDER" appear in the top center and the statement "NOT VALID OVER ONE THOUSAND U.S. DOLLARS" appears on lower-left side of the check.
Horicon Bank
Horicon, Wisconsin

Contact:
Sheila Kast
Telephone: (920) 485-3040, extension 7366
Fax: (920) 485-3049
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-27-2006
February 8, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 075905622, which is assigned to Horicon Bank, but are dissimilar in style to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the wording "Cashier's Check" in the top-left portion of the check and the bank's name and location in the top center. The counterfeit items also display a telephone number – not associated with the bank – directly beneath the location and refer to the bank as Horicon State Bank, rather than Horicon Bank. The counterfeit items do not display a logo, but contain security wording embedded in the top border of the item.

Authentic cashier's checks display a logo in the top-center portion of the check, above the bank's name and location. The wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" is displayed in the bottom-left portion of the check. Security wording is displayed beneath the dollar line.
Horizon Bank
Arlington, TX
Contact: Sandra L. Thompson
Telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200;
Fax: 703-562-2296

Fraudulent Checks
SA-305-2006
November 7, 2006
Fraudulent checks bearing the name Horizon Bank, Arlington, Texas, and routing numbers assigned to various other financial institutions are in circulation. There are no active federal- or state-chartered financial institutions with the name Horizon Bank operating in Texas. Fraudulent items display a logo, which consists of a darkened triangle overlaid with half of a sunburst shape. "Horizon Bank, Arlington, Texas," appears to the right of the logo. The dollar amount is displayed in the center of the item in large, block numbers. A notice to customers is printed in the top-left corner, with the "TO THE ORDER OF" displayed in the bottom-left corner. The phrase "OFFICIAL CHECK" is shown vertically along the left edge.
Horizon Bank
Bellingham, Washington
Contact: Donald A. Wolf
Telephone: (360) 756-6311
Fax: (360) 756-6399

Counterfeit Checks
SA-280-2006
September 21, 2006
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam based in Canada. Presently, there are five versions of counterfeit items, each displaying the routing number 325170631, which is assigned to Horizon Bank. The colors and styles vary, but the common characteristics include an incorrect or incomplete bank address and security wording embedded within the top border. Since there are currently five known variations, please be aware that the common characteristics may be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

Authentic cashier's checks include the following security statement directly beneath the top border: "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." Additionally, on the reverse side of authentic checks is the following watermark printed in large italicized font: "ORIGINAL DOCUMENT."
Horizon Bank
Bellingham, Washington
Contact: Donald A. Wolf
Telephone: (360) 756-6311
Fax: (360) 756-6399

Counterfeit Checks
SA-280-2006
September 21, 2006
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam based in Canada. Presently, there are five versions of counterfeit items, each displaying the routing number 325170631, which is assigned to Horizon Bank. The colors and styles vary, but the common characteristics include an incorrect or incomplete bank address and security wording embedded within the top border. Since there are currently five known variations, please be aware that the common characteristics may be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

Authentic cashier's checks include the following security statement directly beneath the top border: "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." Additionally, on the reverse side of authentic checks is the following watermark printed in large italicized font: "ORIGINAL DOCUMENT."
Horizon Bank
Bellingham, Washington
Contact: Mr. A.R. "Gus" Ayala
Telephone: (360) 733-3050 (360) 733-7019
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
FIL-123-2002
November 20, 2002
The items bear the routing number 325170631
Horizon Banks, N.A.
Limon, Colorado

Contact:Ms. Cary Lohmeier
Telephone: (303) 684-7350
FAX: (303) 684 7357
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-60-2003
October 6, 2003
The items utilize the routing number of another bank. The counterfeit items are quite dissimilar in appearance to the bank's genuine checks. In addition, the counterfeit checks are entitled "Horizon Bank," while the genuine checks also include the former name of the institution - "The First National Bank of Limon."
Horizon Community Bank
Lake Havasu City, AZ

Contact: Jean Vander Wal
Telephone: (928) 854-3000, extension 139 Fax: (928) 854-3826
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-35-2010
April 2, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122105935, which is assigned to Horizon Community Bank. The items are very similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons, as well as the word "MEMO" in the lower-left corner. Authentic items display the bank's address below the bank's name and logo in the top center.
Horizon Federal Credit Union, Williamsport, PA

Contact: Traci Donahue
Telephone: (570) 326-3636 extension 214
Fax: (570) 326-5333
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-140-2009
August 20, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 031302528, which is assigned to Woodlands Bank. Horizon Federal Credit Union cashier's checks are issued through Woodlands Bank, Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border. The bank's name, P.O. Box, street address, and location appear in the top-left corner. Authentic cashier's checks are light blue with a border that varies in color: dark blue, dark purple or dark orange. The credit union logo, name, P.O. Box, address and telephone and fax numbers are in the top-left corner.
Hudson River Bank & Trust Company
Hudson, New York
Contact: Ms. Jane M. Scott
Telephone: (518) 828-2600, Ext. 126
FAX: (518) 828-0697
Counterfeit Teller's Checks
FDIC SA-6-2003
February 13, 2003
The counterfeit teller's checks are currently in circulation. The items bear the bank's routing number of 221370616 and are quite similar in appearance to genuine bank official instruments, with the exception of the lot number and security lock icon, which are closer to the top border of the item on a genuine check.
Hudson City Savings Bank
Paramus, New Jersey

Contact: Mr. Ralph A. Cabrera
Telephone: (201) 967-1900 Ext. 1390
Missing Cashier's Checks

FDIC FIL-36-2001
May 2, 2001
Two hundred of the bank's cashier's checks are missing and presumed stolen from a shipment from the check printer. The missing cashier's checks are numbered 296501 through and including 296700.
Hudson United Bank
Mahwah, New Jersey

Contact:
Linda L. Brady
Telephone: (201) 236-2796

Missing Official Checks and Missing Money Orders


SA-86-2004
November 12, 2004
The official checks and money orders were reportedly stolen. These instruments display the routing number of 021201503 for the official checks and 102000979 for the money orders. A suspect has been arrested, but the checks are still missing. The official check number range is 100017990 through 100018000, and the money order number range is 553790752 through 553790779.
Hudson United Bank
Mahwah, New Jersey
Contact: Ms. Linda L. BradyTelephone: (201) 236-2796 (800) (Hub-Link)
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
FIL-125-2002
November 20, 2002
The counterfeit items bear the routing number 021201503. In addition, other identifying indications include, but are not limited to, the instrument's high dollar amount, dual signature requirement, and a non-distinctive "basket-weave" background design.
The Huntington National Bank
Columbus, Ohio

Contact:
Steve Bullett
Phone: (614) 463-6811
Fax: (614) 462-2860
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-92-2006
April 12, 2006
The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the name "Unizan Bank, Canton, Ohio" are in circulation. Unizan Financial Services Group, National Association, recently merged with The Huntington National Bank.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 022000868, which is assigned to an account that Integrated Payments Systems, Inc., Englewood, Colorado, has at Citibank, National Association, Buffalo, NY. Unizan Bank issues official checks through Integrated Payment Systems, Inc.

The counterfeit items are similar to authentic official checks. Embedded in the top border of the counterfeit items is the wording: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING THE REVERSE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The counterfeit items are tan with a dark brown border.

Authentic official checks display the wording" "HOLD DOCUMENT TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK" along the top border on both sides of "OFFICIAL CHECK." Authentic checks are light blue with ornate dark blue borders on the top and sides, and the checks display a padlock symbol on the right side above the dollars line.
Huntington National Bank
Columbus, Ohio
Contact: Ms. Sandy Sullivan
Telephone: (210) 220-5935
FAX: (210) 220-5855
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
FDIC SA-12-2003
November 20, 2002
The items bear Frost National Bank's routing number of 044015543. The items appear to be quality forgeries. However, several differences have been noted, including the use of different fonts, the absence of the bank's three-horse logo on some items, and the lack of a watermark on the back of the counterfeit checks.
Huntington National Bank
Columbus, Ohio
Contact: Mr. Harry Lazarou
Telephone: (718) 777-5000
FAX: (718) 777-5010
Stolen Official Checks

SA-19-2003
April 7, 2003
Six official checks payable through Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio, and drawn on Interbank of New York, New York City, New York, have been stolen. The stolen checks are made out for $1,000,000 each, and bear Interbank's routing number, 044015543.

The check numbers are:
5008138
5008224
5008433
5008525
5008576
5008598
Huntington State Bank
Huntington, TX
Contact: David R. Madrid
Telephone: (936) 633-2086
Fax: (936)-462-8027
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

SA-18-2008
January 14, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 113123667, which is assigned to Huntington State Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and in the bottom border between two padlock icons. The words “CASHIER'S CHECK&lrquo; are displayed in the top-center area. A toll-free telephone number (“1-888-461-6614&lrquo;), which is not associated with the bank, is printed below “Huntington, TX&lrquo; to the right of the bank's name in the upper-left corner. A “NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS&lrquo; statement regarding an indemnity bond is displayed in the lower-left corner. The items are blue with dark blue borders.

Authentic cashier's checks are payable through an account at Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, and reflect the routing number 011007092. They display the words “CASHIER'S CHECK&lrquo; vertically along the left side. The bank's logo, name, street address, branch locations and the phrase “Member FDIC&lrquo; appear in the top-left corner. The dollar amount is displayed inside an elongated octagon in the middle portion.
Hyde Park Bank and Trust Company
Chicago, IL
Contact: Ed Maci
Telephone: (773) 753-9624
Fax: (773) 753-9633
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

SA-69-2007
March 16, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071004022, which is assigned to Hyde Park Bank and Trust Company. The items are similar in appearance to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items have rounded corners and display security statements within the top and bottom borders. The counterfeit items are green in color.

Authentic checks display the wording "ORIGINAL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT" encapsulated in gold foil, which is centered and incorporated into the top border. The following security statement is printed below the written dollar amount line in a script font: "This document has a multi-color background, a micro-print signature line, and a holographic foil title; absence of these features will indicate a copy." Authentic checks also include a security padlock, which is incorporated into the right border.
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.