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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
Iberville Bank,
Plaquemine, LA,

Contact:
Susan Bujol
Telephone: (225) 687-7785, Extension 6004
Fax: (225) 692-5904

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-3-2010
January 15, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 065400603, which is assigned Iberville Bank, and have ornate top and side borders. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are encircled in the top center of the items. Authentic checks display the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the top-right corner. An "ADDRESS" line appears in the lower-left corner below the "REMITTER" line. Two "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" lines are displayed in the lower-right corner.
Imperial Capital Bank,
La Jolla, CA,

Contact:
Deborah K. Davis
Telephone: (818) 459-7128

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-252-2007
September 13, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 322286434, which is assigned to Imperial Capital Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display "CASHIER'S CHECK" and "Imperial Capital Bank Treasury Department" in the top center. The following security statement is embedded within the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A BLUE & BURGUNDY BACKGROUND AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." The bank's logo, name, "Branch #155, 3550 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90005" and a telephone number ("213-291-8101"), which is not associated with the bank, are printed in the top-left corner. A box on the right side contains the numerical dollar amount. "Remitter" and "Reference:" are displayed in the lower-left corner. One signature line appears in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks display the words "Cashier's Check" in the lower-left corner. The security feature statement "This document has a colored background, Copy Shield, Foil Guard, and a backside authentic watermark; absence of these features will indicate a copy" is printed in italics just below the written dollar amount line. A security padlock icon and statement appear above "DOLLARS" on the right side. "Remitter" is displayed in the top-left corner. Two signature lines appear in the lower-right corner.
Independence Bank of Kentucky,
Owensboro, KY,

Contact:
Steve Brandle
Telephone: (270) 686-1776, extension 2023
Fax: (270) 684-4681

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-139-2007
May 23, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam and are included with correspondence from the "European Lottery Foundation." The counterfeit items display the routing number 083902756, which is assigned to Independence Bank of Kentucky. The following security statements are embedded within the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AUTHENTIC WATERMARK WHICH READS "ORIGINAL DOCUMENT". HOLD UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW INVISIBLE FLOURESCENT FIBERS." The bank's logo, name and a Louisville, KY, address are centered below the top border. The following security statements are printed below the "DOLLARS" line: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AUTHENTIC WATERMARK WHICH READS ORIGINIAL DOCUMENT AND INVISIBLE FLUORESCENT FIBERS. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE COPY."

Authentic checks display the words "ORIGINAL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT" encapsulated in gold foil and centered within the top border, which has a scroll design. The following security statements are printed below the "DOLLARS" line: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, WATERMARK, AND A THERMOCHROMIC ICON. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." Authentic checks also include a security padlock symbol following the word "DOLLARS."
Independent Bank
McKinney, TX

Contact:
Julie Crump
Telephone: (972) 562-3426
Fax: (972) 562-3815

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-82-2008
April 11, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111916326, which is assigned to Independent Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items display a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, beneath the bank's name and logo in the top-left corner. A statement with three lines that are left-justified appears in the lower-left corner. Also, a padlock is shown to the right of the bottom signature line. Authentic checks bear a statement with three lines that are center-justified in the lower-left corner.
Independent Bank
Memphis, Tennessee

Contact:
Eddie Grubbs
Telephone: (901) 844-0321

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-50-2005
May 9, 2005
The counterfeit items display a routing number of 213532122, which is not the proper routing number for Independent Bank. The counterfeit checks are markedly dissimilar from the authentic checks. The authentic checks are grey and the bank's logo of an "i" inside a red circle appears in the upper-left corner of the check. The counterfeit checks are white, and do not have a logo. The authentic checks reflect the actual office on Poplar Avenue, while the counterfeit items show an address on Union Avenue.
Independent National Bank
Ocala, FL

Contact:
Lois Ellis
Telephone: (352) 620-2610
Fax: (352) 237-7021

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-215-2009
December 24, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 063113141, which is assigned to Independent National Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and have a speckled background. The words "Cashier's Check" are top-centered. The bank's logo, name and a toll free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, are in the top-left corner. Authentic cashier's checks are blue and have thick dark blue top and bottom borders. A security feature statement is embedded in the top border. The bank's logo, name and location are top-centered. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are in the lower-left corner. An indemnity bond statement is in the top-left corner. The words "ORIGINAL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT" are in the top-right corner.
Indian River National Bank

Contact:
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Enforcement & Compliance Division, MS 8-10
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-39-2004
July 26, 2004
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank’s name are being used, both in the United States and internationally, in business transactions. To date, the checks have been used primarily for thepurchase of goods acquired via the Internet. The counterfeit checks can be identified by certain incorrect language imprinted on the check. The counterfeit checks contain the following language across the top of the check: “The face has a colored background on white paper.” Authentic cashier’s checks issued by the bank contain the language: “The face has a colored background on safety paper.” Counterfeit checks also typically have three asterisks before and after the name of the payee. They are also usually accompanied by a request for the seller to immediately wire excess amounts to the purchaser or to send funds to a shipper for the goods.
Indiana First Savings Bank, doing business as Indiana First Bank,
Indiana, Pennsylvania

Contact:
Ryan Renz
Telephone: (800) 349-2814
Fax: (724) 349-4346

Counterfeit Checks


SA-38-2007
February 1, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 243373358, which is assigned to Indiana First Savings Bank. The counterfeit items also display the following security statement: "This document is printed on white paper with a coloured [sic] background. The border contains micro printing and the back of this document has a brown wire wove pattern and artificial watermark." Authentic checks display security statements in both the top and bottom borders. A heat-sensitive ink security feature is located in the bottom-right corner.
IndyMac Federal Bank, FSB
Pasadena, CA

Contact: IndyMac Federal Bank, F.S.B.
Telephone: (800) 750-8521
Counterfeit Official Checks
SA-197-2008
September 18, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122037171, which is assigned to an Integrated Payment Systems account held at Wells Fargo Bank, Ltd., Los Angeles, California. Currently, IndyMac Federal Bank issues official checks through this account. The items are similar to authentic official checks; however, the counterfeit items display a security feature statement along the bottom border between two padlocks. Authentic official checks display a security statement along the top border. In addition, a designed border is displayed on three sides and a padlock icon is shown in the lower right side.
IndyMac Bank, FSB
West Covina, California
(see note above about IndyMac Bank, Pasadena
Contact: Ms. Myrna Olvera
Telephone: (626) 535-5462
Counterfeit Official Checks
FIL-115-2002
October 3, 2002
Counterfeit official checks drawn on IndyMac Bank, FSB, 225 N. Barranca St., West Covina, California, are in circulation. The counterfeit items bear the routing number 122037171, and begin with the check numbers 08321. Those presented to date for payment range in amounts from $5,000 to $100,000,000. Official checks drawn on IndyMac Bank may be verified by calling Integrated Payment Systems at 1-800-223-7520
IndyMac Bank, FSB
Pasadena, California

Contact: Ms. Myrna Olvera
Telephone: (626) 535-5462
Missing/Stolen Official Checks

FDIC FIL-49-2001
May 30, 2001
One hundred of the bank's official checks are missing and presumed stolen from a shipment from the check printer. The missing official checks are numbered 256064500 through and including 256064599.
Integra Bank, NA
Evansville, IN

Contact: Kelly Schwartz
Telephone: (812) 461-5765
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

SA-20-2009
November 18, 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 086300025 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 blue in color with and include the following security statement in the top border: “FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER.” The following statement is located under the Pay to the Order of line: “THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE WATERMARK AND THERMO CHROMIC INK, ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY.” The following security statement is printed in the bottom border between two padlock icons: “SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED, DETAILS ON BACK.

Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,950 and contain a remitter name of “Teresa Williamson.” Due to possible variations between the appearance of the bank’s authentic items and the counterfeit items associated with the scam, officials of Integra Bank, N.A., suggest they be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank’s cashier’s checks if received by an unknown entity.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks may contain the letterhead of “Access Financial Services UK, 5718 Gateway Blvd, London-United Kingdom, Tel: 1-866-229-9974.” The correspondence informs the recipient that he or she has been selected as a winner in a sweepstakes drawing. The letter states that the enclosed check is to be used to pay the applicable Government Service Tax for non-United Kingdom residents (GST). Recipients are advised to contact claims agent Norman Richardson or Lisa Waters at 1-866-229-9974.
Integra Bank, NA
Evansville, IN

Contact: Gary Fein
Telephone: (812) 464-9672
Counterfeit Official Checks

SA-61-2007
November 19, 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 a lottery scam.

The counterfeit checks are similar to the bank’s authentic item; however, counterfeits may be identified by the following: the background is blue and pink in color, the bank’s logo in the lower-left corner appears as three circles instead of interlocking rings, the following security statement is located in the top border: “THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A RED & BLUE BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BANK. HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW,” and the following security phrase follows the signature line in the bottom-right portion of the check: “SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING.”

Checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,825.00, are dated 10/05/2007, and use a remitter name of “Heidi Clark.” Due to possible variations in appearance of the counterfeit items and scams, it is suggested that officials of Integra Bank, N.A. be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank’s official checks, if received from an unknown or questionable source.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit instruments may contain the letterhead of “Excel Lottery Gaming Corporation (ELGC), PO Box 7652, St. John, Virgin Islands 00831.” The letter alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize associated with a lottery. The letter further states that the enclosed check is to be used to pay applicable taxes, which should be paid either by MoneyGram or Western Union. Recipients are instructed to contact claim agent Mr. Steve Adams at 1-778-863-7898 by a specific date or risk forfeiting the prize. Note that this telephone number originates in British Columbia. The letter may be signed by Larry Watts.
Integrity Bank,
Camp Hill, PA

Contact: Accounting Department
Telephone: (717) 920-4900
Fax: (717) 920-2277
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

SA-58-2009
May 20, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 021218787, which is not assigned to Integrity Bank. The items also display a security feature statement along the top border and a telephone number, (717) 565-0253, which is not associated with the bank, in the upper-left corner. "WorldMoney Service Center" appears vertically along the left side.
Authentic checks display the routing number 031318787, which is assigned to Integrity Bank. The checks are blue and display the bank name, logo and address in the lower-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear within a rectangle with arrows at both ends centered below the top border. A notice to customers regarding an indemnity bond is shown in the upper-left corner.
Interbank of New York

Contact:
Mr. Harry Lazarou
Telephone: (718) 777-5000, ext. 110
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-49-2003
August 21, 2003
Twelve official checks drawn on Interbank of New York, New York, New York, and payable through The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio, are missing and may be in circulation..
The missing instruments do not display routing numbers for either bank.
The check numbers are:
5002397 5008125 5008481
5002399 5008434 5008500
5002404 5008479 5008507
5002407 5008480 5008519
Interbank of New York
New York City, New York
Contact: Mr. Harry Lazarou
Telephone: (718) 777-5000
FAX: (718) 777-5010
Stolen Official Checks SA-19-2003 April 7, 2003 Six official checks drawn on Interbank of New York, New York City, New York, and payable through Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio, 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
International Bank of Commerce
Laredo, Texas

Contact:
Ms. Susan Wisdom

Telephone: (956) 547-1253

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-83-2003
July 8, 2003
The items display the institution's routing number of 114902528, but do not use the correct account number. The counterfeit instruments bear no resemblance to the bank's genuine checks, including the type. The counterfeit instruments are titled "Official Checks," while the bank's genuine checks are titled "Cashier's Checks."
Investors Savings Bank
Short Hills, New Jersey

Contact:
Kathy Gerling
Telephone: (973) 924-5125
Fax: (973) 376-1217
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-13-2010
February 1, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 221272031, which is assigned to Investors Savings Bank. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear in the middle of the items. The word "DOLLARS" appears on the right side. One signature line is displayed in the lower-right corner. Authentic checks have ornate top and bottom borders. The words "MEMBER FDIC" appear in the top-left corner below the bank's name and location. A "REMITTTER" line appears in the lower-left corner. The word "DOLLARS" is displayed in the middle of the checks. A restrictive feature statement appears above two "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" lines.
Investors Savings Bank
Short Hills, New Jersey

Contact:
Sheila Kast
Telephone: (973) 924-5110
Fax: (973) 376-1151
E-mail: LWilcox@isbnj.com
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-79-2006
April 4, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is a payable-through account at U.S. Bank, National Association, St. Paul, Minnesota, and they are similar in appearance to authentic official checks. Across the top of the counterfeit items is displayed the following wording on one line: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT." Authentic official checks display the following statement on two lines across the top: "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."
Inwood National Bank
Dallas, Texas

Contact:
Linda Eubanks
Telephone: (214) 351-7315
Fax: (214) 351-7362
Missing Cashier's Checks


SA-24-2005
March 10,, 2005
The cashier's checks bearing the institution's name were lost in transit from the printing company. The instruments have serial numbers ranging from 534550-536949 (inclusive) for a total of 2,400 checks.
Inwood National Bank
Dallas, Texas

Contact:
Ms. Linda Eubanks
Telephone: (214) 351-7315
FAX: (214) 351-7362
Missing Cashier's Checks


SA-52-2003
September 16, 2003
Missing cashier's checks lost in transit from its printing company and may be in circulation. The missing check numbers are:
497050 - 497359
500354 - 500385
504150 - 504349
509750 - 509849
510150 - 510349

Indian River National Bank

Contact:
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Enforcement & Compliance Division, MS 8-10
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-39-2004
July 26, 2004
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank’s name are being used, both in the United States and internationally, in business transactions. To date, the checks have been used primarily for thepurchase of goods acquired via the Internet. The counterfeit checks can be identified by certain incorrect language imprinted on the check. The counterfeit checks contain the following language across the top of the check: “The face has a colored background on white paper.” Authentic cashier’s checks issued by the bank contain the language: “The face has a colored background on safety paper.” Counterfeit checks also typically have three asterisks before and after the name of the payee. They are also usually accompanied by a request for the seller to immediately wire excess amounts to the purchaser or to send funds to a shipper for the goods.
Indiana First Savings Bank
Indiana, PA

Contact:
Ryan D. Renz
Telephone: (724) 349-2812, ext. 144
Fax: (724) 349-4346

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-210-2007
August 7, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 044000804, which is assigned to JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Denver, Colorado. Indiana First Savings Bank issues official checks through an Integrated Payment System Inc. account held at JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. The counterfeit items display the following security feature descriptions embedded inside a darkened top border: "SECURITY WARNING: THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT FEATURES A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINT BORDERS - THE REVERSE SIDE FEATURES ARTIFICIAL WATERMARKS." In the bank's address in the top-left corner, the state is abbreviated as "PA."

Authentic checks display "OFFICIAL CHECK" inside of a rectangle with rounded corners in the top center. The statement "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK" is printed on each side of the rectangle just below an ornate scroll border. The state name "PENNSYLVANIA" is spelled out in the address in the top-left corner. "DRAWER: INDIANA FIRST BANK" and a security padlock symbol are printed in the lower-right side above the signature line.
Indiana First Savings Bank
Indiana, PA

Contact:
Douglas A. Hilditch
Telephone: (800) 349-2814 or (724) 349-2812 Extension 244
Fax: (724) 349-4346

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-159-2005
November 7, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 043001435, which is assigned to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania). Indiana First Savings Bank, which does business as Indiana First Bank, issues checks through an account at the Federal Home Loan Bank. The counterfeit items are quite similar to authentic official checks in style, font and layout. However, the counterfeit items state, "Security features included. See back for details." Authentic checks do not have this feature.
INSOUTH Bank
Brownsville, Tennessee

Contact:
Mr. Dan Jackson
Telephone: (800) 541-3891 (ext. 1156)

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-28-2004
March 26, 2004
The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the proper routing number of 084301408. The counterfeit instruments are similar to the authentic official checks and do not appear to have any distinct characteristics that provide clear differentiation.
Integra Bank (National City Bank)
Evansville, IN

Contact:
Gary Fein
Telephone: (812) 464-9672
Fax: (812) 461-9556

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-202-2006
July 27, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name National City Bank, Evansville, Indiana, are in circulation. The counterfeit items are associated with a lottery scam and are accompanied by a sweepstakes notification letter that is purportedly from "Providence Trust, 9089 Clarke Avenue, Orangeville, ON L9W 2Y8, (519) 722-4987." Recipients are informed of their winning status and instructed to contact an account manager at (519) 721-2585. The letter further states that "the enclosed check should be used for service charges and all applicable fees."

The counterfeit items display the routing number 081205248, which was previously assigned to National City Bank, Evansville, Indiana. National City Bank was merged into Integra Bank, N.A. As a result, there are no longer any authentic cashier's checks bearing the name National City Bank, Evansville, Indiana, in circulation.

The counterfeit items are printed on check stock that is light tan with a dark tan border. All printing appears in black ink, and a diamond pattern watermark is evident when the item is held to the light.
Intercity State Bank
Schofield, WI

Contact:
Diane C. Poulos
Telephone: (715) 359-4231
Fax: (715) 359-7700

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-207-2008
October 30, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 075910992, which is assigned to Intercity State Bank, and a security feature statement along the bottom border between two padlocks. The bank's name appears in the top-left corner and the wording "Countersigned if Amount over $5,000.00" is below the signature line. Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's name, location and telephone number in the lower- left corner. "VOID ONE YEAR AFTER ISSUE DATE" is displayed above the signature line.
International Bank of Commerce
Laredo, TX

Contact:
Susan Wisdom
Telephone: (956) 547-1340
Fax: (956) 550-0677

Counterfeit Expense Checks


SA-179-2008
August 22, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 114902528, which is assigned to International Bank of Commerce. The items also display the following security statement embedded in the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER." The bank's address of "1200 San Bernardo St., Laredo, TX 78040-6301" is shown in the top center below that bank's name and the phrase "Member FDIC /International Bancshares Corporation." Authentic expense checks display the word "DATE" adjacent to the bank's name. The following security statement is embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A VOID PANTOGRAPH, MICROPRINTING AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."
Iowa Trust and Savings Bank
Emmetsburg, IA

Contact: Colleen M. Heldt
Telephone: (712) 852-3451, Extension 241
Toll Free: (800) 233-9109
Fax: (712) 852-4232
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-155-2009
September 4, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 073921093, which is assigned to Iowa Trust and Savings Bank. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. One signature line appears in the lower-right corner of the items.

Authentic checks have a security padlock icon embedded within the right border. The security statement "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICROPRINT SIGNATURE LINE, AUTHENTIC WATERMARK, AND CHOLOROSTAIN PAPER; ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY" appears under the written amount line. Two signature lines appear in the lower-right corner of the check.
Ireland Bank
Malad City, Idaho

Contact: Regene Jones
Telephone: (208) 766-2211
Fax: (208) 766-2361

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-262-2006
September 8, 2006
Counterfeit official checks bearing the fictitious name "National City Bank, Washington, D.C.," are in circulation. The counterfeit items display the routing number 124100857, which is assigned to Ireland Bank. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. "National City" appears twice in the upper-left corner next to and above a Washington, D.C., address. A telephone number, which is not associated with Ireland Bank, is printed below the address on some counterfeit items. "Payable Through Ireland Bank" is printed in the lower-left corner above a "REMITTER" line.

Authentic checks display the Ireland Bank logo, slogan, telephone number and address in the upper-left corner. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are printed in the top center. The following statement is embedded within the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS CHECK HAS A REFLECTIVE METALLIC HOLOGRAM, GREEN BACKGROUND AND MICRO PRINTING." The following statement is embedded within the bottom border: "THE BACK OF THIS CHECK CONTAINS A WATERMARK - HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW."
Ireland Bank
Malad City, Idaho

Contact: Regene Jones
Telephone: (208) 766-2211
Fax: (208) 766-2361

Counterfeit Checks


SA-198-2006
July 14, 2006
The counterfeit items are associated with a Canadian prize scam and are accompanied by a letter that is purportedly from "First Rate Security & Disbursement." The letter notifies the recipient of unclaimed prize money. A Canadian address is printed on the bottom of the letter.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 124100857, which is assigned to Ireland Bank. There is no Castle Bank chartered in the state of Maryland; however, the logo displayed on the counterfeit items is a logo used by Castle Bank, National Association, DeKalb, Illinois. The counterfeit items are tan in color. Authentic checks issued by Ireland Bank are printed on light green check stock and include "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the top-center portion of the checks. The bank's logo of an interlocking "I" and "B" is displayed in the top-left corner next to the bank's name.
Irwin Bank & Trust Company
Irwin, Pennsylvania

Contact:
Keith Frid
Telephone: (724) 978-2725
Fax: (724) 978-2738

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-89-2005
July 28, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 043316256 for Irwin Bank & Trust Company. The counterfeit items and authentic checks are similar. However, across the bar at the top of authentic official checks is printed: “THIS DOCUMENT IS PRINTED IN TWO COLORS - DO NOT ACCEPT UNLESS BLUE AND GREEN ARE PRESENT.” In addition, counterfeit items contain the word “Remitter” followed by a colon under the bank logo in the upper-left portion of the check; authentic official checks do not include the word “remitter.”
Irwin Union Bank & Trust Company
Columbus, IN

Contact:
Irwin Union Bank
Phone: (888) 879-5900
Fax: (812) 376-1644
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-181-2006
June 29, 2006
The counterfeit items bear the routing number 074902341, which is assigned to Irwin Union Bank and Trust Company, and are similar to authentic checks. However, the following statement is embedded in the top border of the counterfeit items: "THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS DOCUMENT INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK – HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW." A padlock symbol and list of security features are printed in a box on the bottom of the reverse side of the counterfeit item.

Authentic checks are light blue with white margins. The following statement is embedded in the top border of the checks: "SECURITY WARNING: THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT FEATURES A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINT BORDERS – THE REVERSE SIDE FEATURES ARTIFICIAL WATERMARKS." The reverse side of authentic checks bears the following statement at the bottom: "THIS DOCUMENT IS PROTECTED BY ARTIFICIAL WATERMARKS. HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW."
Jackson Federal Bank
Fullerton, California
Contact: Ms. Tina A. Robinson
Telephone: (714) 990-7390
FAX: (714) 990-7479
Counterfeit Official Checks
SA-11-2003
February 26, 2003
The counterfeit official checks are in circulation. The items bear the bank's routing number of 122042205. The counterfeit instruments appear to be quality copies of a genuine check.
The Jackson State Bank
Jackson, Wyoming

Contact: Lisa Corrigan
Telephone: (307) 739-3750,
Fax: (307) 737-9172

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-236-2006
August 23, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items display the routing number 102301209, which is assigned to The Jackson State Bank. The counterfeit items display a buffalo logo in the top-left corner with the bank's name directly below the logo. In addition, the bank's name, location and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, are displayed in the top center of the counterfeit items. The words "DOLLARS," "CENTS," "MO.," "DAY" and "YR." are printed on a line across the center. "AMOUNT" and "DATE" are printed on the following line. The word "REMITTER" is displayed in the bottom-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks display a buffalo logo above the bank's name, mailing address and telephone number in the top center. In the lower-left corner, an indemnity bond notice is given concerning lost or stolen checks. One "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" line is displayed in the lower-right corner.
The Jackson State Bank
Jackson, Wyoming

Contact: Seyed Yadegari
Telephone: (307) 733-3737, Extension 3721

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-114-2005
August 31, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 102301209 for The Jackson State Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The layout, style and fonts are different. On the counterfeit items, “JACKSON STATE BANK & TRUST” is printed in the top-center portion of the item in bold type, with “Cashier's Check” printed directly beneath it. On authentic cashier's checks, the name of the bank is printed in the top-center portion of the check below a buffalo insignia. Also on authentic cashier's checks, “CASHIER'S CHECK” is printed in bold type in the lower-left portion of the check above a notice of indemnity bond requirements in the event that a cashier's check is lost or stolen.
The Jacksonville Bank
Jacksonville, Florida
Contact: Ms. Donna Donovan
Telephone: (904) 421-3052
FAX: (904) 421-3050
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-22-2003
May 14, 2003
The counterfeit items are in circulation. The counterfeit items include the bank's routing number of 051900353. All of the counterfeit items have included a description line above the payment amount reading: "RE: PAY-OFF #630-00000654395." The counterfeit items do not appear to have the artificial watermark on the reverse side and do not include the standard microprint signature line.
Jefferson Bank and Trust
Eureka, Missouri
Contact: Richard A. Dreiling
Phone: (314) 621-0100
Fax: (314) 621-1267
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-326-2006
December 5, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 081000566, which is assigned to Jefferson Bank and Trust. The items are similar to authentic checks but display the bank's name, address and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, in the top center. Authentic checks display the bank's diamond-shaped logo, name and location in the top center. A security feature description is embedded in the lower border.
Jefferson Bank of Missouri
Jefferson City, MO
Contact: Penny Kleffner
Phone: (573) 634-0826
Fax: (573) 634-0874
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-217-2007
August 8, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 086501578, which is assigned to Jefferson Bank of Missouri. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks, but display a security feature statement within the top border. In addition, the bank's name, an incorrect street address ("1910 Southwest Blvd."), city, state, zip code and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, appear in the top center of the counterfeit items. Authentic checks have a gray heather colored background and an oval watermark in the middle containing the head of President Jefferson. The bank's name, street address ("2815 Truman Blvd."), city, state and zip code appear in the top center. "Operator ID:" is displayed in the top-left corner.
Jewett City Savings Bank
Jewett City, Connecticut
Contact: J. Kenneth Useted
Telephone: (860) 376-4444
Fax: (860) 376-7148
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-14-2006
January 23, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211174330, which is a routing number assigned to Jewett City Savings Bank. However, authentic official checks display the routing number 102000979, which is assigned to Integrated Payment System Inc.'s account held at JP Morgan Chase, N.A., Denver, Colorado. Jewitt City Savings Bank issues official checks through Integrated Payment Systems, Inc.

The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic items. The counterfeit items have "CASHIER'S CHECK" printed in the top center and "Jewett Savings Bank" printed above the signature line, as well as in the upper-left corner. The check stock color is blue fading to pink. The bank's name and address appear on four lines in the upper-left corner.

Authentic items bear the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the upper-right corner. The bank's shield logo, address and year established appear on three lines in the upper-left corner. A watermark, which is a picture of the bank, is located in the center of the check face. Authentic items have a light green background with green and black lettering. The word "REMITTER" is located in the lower-left side.
Jourdanton State Bank
Jourdanton, TX
Contact: Shauna L. Garza
Telephone: (830) 769-3557, extension 2025
Fax: (830) 767-3200
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-23-2008
January 23, 2008
The items are reportedly associated with a mystery shopper scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 114921981, which is assigned to Jourdanton State Bank. The counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. They display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The bank's logo, name and the statements "PAYABLE THROUGH JOURDANTON STATE BANK, JOURDANTON, TX" and "FOR INQUIRES CALL 1-877-446- 3108" (a telephone number that is not associated with the bank) are shown in the top-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and an indemnity bond statement appear in the top-center area. The counterfeit items have two signature lines with "AUTHORIZED OFFICER" printed below the first line and "COUNTERSIGNED" printed below the second line. The word "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner and the words "Operator I.D." are in the top-right corner.

Authentic cashier's checks display an indemnity bond statement and the word "REMITTER" in the top-left corner. The bank's logo, name and four branch locations, including each branch name, address, telephone number and fax number, are displayed from the top center to the top-right corner. The words "TELLER'S INITIALS" and "Cashier's Check" are in the lower-left corner. The numerical dollar amount is shown in a rectangle on the right side with a security padlock icon below. "AMOUNT IN EXCESS OF $25,000 REQUIRES TWO SIGNATURES" is printed above two signature lines and "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" is printed below the signature second line.
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.