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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
K Bank
Randallstown, Maryland
Contact: Mary C. Baus
Telephone: (410) 654-2708
email: mbaus@kbank.net
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-85-2006
April 11, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 255072427, which is assigned to K Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks in appearance. The counterfeit items display the following wording on four lines on the top left side: "OFFICIAL DOCUMENT, OFFICIAL CASHIER CHECK, FOR CASH ONLY, CROWNSVILLE, MD 21032." "Key Bank & Trust, Owings Mills, MD 21117-3533" is printed on two lines in the top center.

Authentic cashier's checks have a blue background and display the "K BANK" logo and "Owings Mills, MD" on two lines in the upper- left corner. "FDIC INSURED" appears in the top center, and "CASHIERS CHECK" is printed in the middle of authentic cashier's checks. Security feature statements appear in the top and bottom borders.
Kaplan State Bank
Kaplan, LA
Contact: Paul F. Meaux
Telephone: (337) 643-7110
Fax: (337) 643-7111
Counterfeit Official Checks
SA-168-2008
August 12, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 065204197, which is assigned to Kaplan State Bank. The items also display security feature statements embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The bank's logo is displayed in the top left corner.

Authentic official checks display the routing number 051900353, which is assigned to Branch Banking and Trust (BB&T), Charleston, West Virginia. Kaplan State Bank issues official checks through a BB&T account. Authentic official checks have a security notice in the top-left corner. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are shown in a box incorporated into the top border. A security statement is displayed below the box.
The Kaw Valley State Bank and Trust Company, Topeka
Topeka, KS
Contact: Josh Martin
Telephone: (785) 232-0995 Extension 340
Fax: (785) 232-6513
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-226-2006
August 17, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are associated with a lottery scam involving the Universal Blueprint International Lotto in Australia.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 101100142, which is assigned to The Kaw Valley State Bank and Trust Company, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items have security wording embedded in the top border and include one signature line.

Authentic cashier's checks display security wording below the "DOLLARS" line. The checks have two signature lines. In addition, authentic checks have ornate (scroll-designed) corners framing the check on each of the top corners and on the lower-left corner.
Kearny Federal Savings Bank
Kearny, New Jersey

Contact:
Mr. Allen Cronheim
Telephone: (732) 606-0864

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-32-2004
April 12, 2004
The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the proper routing number of 044015543. However, the counterfeit instruments are markedly different from the authentic official checks. The authentic official checks have a bank logo in the upper left-hand corner of the check that is printed in solid blue, and the check number in the upper right-hand corner of the check is printed in black. Conversely, the bank logo on the counterfeit instruments has red stripes following the blue star, and the check number is printed in red.
Keesler Federal Credit Union
Biloxi, MS

Contact:
Michelle Foster or Marion Califano
Telephone: (228) 385-5500, extension 6200
Fax (228) 385-4389

Counterfeit Checks


SA-46-2010
May 3, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 265577585, which is assigned to Keesler Federal Credit Union. The items are printed on blue, green or tan paper. The word "Reference" appears directly below the word "DATE" on the right side of the items. A "Memo" line appears in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks are blue and white with gray borders. The words "CASHIERS CHECK" and a box for the "DATE" are in the top center. A security feature statement, "NOTICE TO CASHIER: BE SURE WATERMARK IS ON REVERSE SIDE BEFORE CASHING," is embedded within the top border. The words "Authorized Signature" appear below the signature line in the lower-right corner.
Kent County State Bank
Jayton, TX

Contact:
Linda Daniels
Telephone: (806) 237-2644
Fax: (806) 237-3068

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-234-2006
August 22, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111323809, which is assigned to Kent County State Bank, but are dissimilar to Kent County State Bank's authentic checks. The counterfeit items display a logo consisting of the letters "NB" followed by the words "North Laredo Bank" in the top-center portion of the items. Printed directly below the bank name are the words "Laredo, Texas." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed vertically along the left-hand side of the counterfeit items and a "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" is included in the top-left corner. The counterfeit items include only one printed line, which is for the authorized signature.

Authentic checks include the words "BANK MONEY ORDER" within a box in the top-center portion. Printed below the box is the statement: "The Purchase of an Indemnity Bond will be Required before any official check of this bank will be Replaced or Returned in the event it is Lost, Misplaced, or Stolen." The bank's name, address and logo are displayed in the bottom-left corner. Authentic checks have printed lines for the remitter, date, payee, amount and authorized signature fields.
Kent County State Bank
Jayton, TX

Contact:
Linda Daniels
Telephone: (806) 237-2644
Fax: (806) 237-3068

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-204-2006
July 27, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111323809, which is assigned to Kent County State Bank, and are dissimilar to Kent County State Bank's authentic checks in style. The counterfeit items display a logo consisting of "NB" followed by the words "Newton Bank" in the top-center portion of the items. Printed directly below the bank name are the words "Newton, Texas." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed vertically on the left-hand side of the counterfeit items.

Authentic checks bear the words "BANK MONEY ORDER" in a box in the top-center portion of the checks. Printed below the box is the statement "The Purchase of an Indemnity Bond will be Required before any official check of this bank will be Replaced of Returned in the event it is Lost, Misplaced or Stolen." The bank's name, address and logo, consisting of a half-moon circle with the word "Jayton" printed across it, are displayed in the bottom-left corner. Authentic checks have printed lines for the remitter, date, payee and amount fields.
Kentucky Bank, Paris, KY

Contact:
Lydia Sosby
Telephone: (859) 988-1307
Fax: (859) 987-5832

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-75-2009
May 28, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 042101174, which is assigned to Kentucky Bank. The items are dissimilar to authentic checks and display a security feature statement embedded in the top border. The bank name and address appear in the top-left corner. The words "OFFICIAL BANK CHECK" are displayed inside a foil rectangle in the top center. Kentucky Bank does not issue official bank checks; however, it does issue cashier's checks. Authentic checks display the bank's name and logo in the top center. A notice to customers regarding an indemnity bond is in the top-left corner and the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear on the lower-left side.
Keybank National Association
Highland Heights, KY

Contact:
Corporate Investigations Division
Telephone: 1-800-433-0124

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-19-2008
March 10, 2008
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit money orders issued in the bank's name and using the bank's correct routing number of 102003918 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various up-front fee scams involving Internet purchases, work-at-home job offers, and charitable Internet sites.

While the counterfeit items strongly resemble the authentic items, counterfeits may be identified by the following traits: items are a consistent green and white in color, with no fading tones and contain a remitter name of either Keith Corry or Louis Harry. Checks presented to date have been made payable in the amounts of $350 and $2,450 and contain hand-written payable-to names. Due to possible variations in appearance of the bank's official items and scams, it is suggested that officials of KeyBank, National Association be contacted to verify authenticity of any of the bank's official items, if received from an unknown or questionable source.
Keybank National Association
Niagara Falls, NY

Contact:
Helene Bolibrzuch
Telephone: (716) 834-8059
Fax: (716) 834-4498

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-45-2007
July 25, 2007
Counterfeit official checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 102003918 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a variety of lottery scams. The counterfeit checks may be identified by the following: the checks are either pink-gray in color or gold-white in color and do not contain any watermarks. In addition, the font style differs throughout the face of the check. The following address appears in the top-left portion of the instrument directly under the KeyBank logo: "KEY BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, 800 MAIN STREET, NIAGARA FALLS, NY 14301." The following statement appears along the top border of the check: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER," and the following statement is present in the bottom-center portion of the check: "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK."

One group of counterfeit items being presented may be issued in the amount of $4,885.00 and accompanied by a letter from "WINDSOR FINANCIAL GROUP, LOTTO, PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE, READERS DIGEST, SWEEPSTAKES, INTERNET CASINO" notifying the recipient that he or she has won the grand prize in an international promotion program. The recipient is instructed to telephone the claims broker at 519-991-4201 or 519-992-0833. Note that these telephone numbers originate out of Windsor, Ontario. These letters may be signed by Mrs. Susan Kirland, Vice President.

Another group of counterfeit items being presented may be issued in the amount of $3,755.00 and be accompanied by a letter from "BLUE DIAMOND JACKPOT, LOTTO, PUBLISHERS CLEARING HOUSE, READERS DIGEST, SWEEPSTAKES & INTERNET CASINO" notifying the recipient that he or she has won the grand prize in the North American Promotions Program. The recipient is instructed to telephone the claims agent at 613-261-6109 or 613-261-2492. Note that these telephone numbers originate out of Ottawa, Ontario. These letters may be signed by Ms. Lydia Vidic, Director of Promotions.
Keybank National Association
East Syracuse, NY

Contact:
Corporate Security Division - KeyBank National Association
Telephone: (800) 433-0124

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-130-2006
May 1, 2006
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number 102003918, and are associated with both lottery and Internet purchase scams. One group of counterfeit items is accompanied by a letter from "Hanson Public Relations, 20 St - Margaret's Bay, Halifax, Nova Scotia H3H IJ4," which notifies recipients of being the grand prize winner of an international promotion program. The recipients are instructed to call 1-902-412-0370 for further information.

The counterfeit items are printed on versa check paper in various colors. The following address appears in the upper-left portion of the counterfeit items, directly beneath the KeyBank logo: "KEY BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, 121 W MANLIUS ST., EAST SYRACUSE, NY 13057." Along the top border, the following statement is displayed: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." Below the signature line is the following statement: "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING."

Authentic official checks are printed on blue check stock, with a blue scroll border printed on both sides and on the top of the check. The body of the checks contains light blue-lined cubes. In the top center portion of the check, "OFFICIAL CHECK" is displayed in black block lettering, inside of a contrasting blue-colored box. The following statement is displayed below the top border on each side of the box: "OFFICIAL CHECK: HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." A black key is printed in the top-left portion of the check, followed by "KeyBank National Association" and the address of the issuing branch. The following statement appears under the memo line: "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc. Englewood, Colorado," and is followed by "KeyBank National Association, Denver Colorado." The correct verification telephone number of 1-800- 223-7520 appears of the reverse side of the check.
Keybank National Association
East Syracuse, NY

Contact:
OCC
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Official Checks


Alert 2006-20
April 17, 2006
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit official checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 102003918 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with both lottery and Internet purchase scams.
KeyBank National Association
Cleveland, OH

Contact:
Corporate Security Division
Telephone: (800) 433-0124

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-66-2006
March 17, 2006
Two groups of counterfeit items display the proper routing number 102003918 and are reportedly in circulation. The first group of counterfeit checks is accompanied by a letter from "Bono Sweepstakes Lottery," which contains instructions to call 1-905-265-8952 to claim a prize. The second group of checks is accompanied by a letter from "International Trust Company" with the same telephone number, 1-905-265-8952.

The counterfeit items are very similar to authentic official checks. A 1-800 telephone number is displayed on the reverse side of the check and is not associated with KeyBank or Integrated Payment Systems.

Authentic official checks are blue with a blue scroll border printed on both sides and the top of the instrument. The body of the checks contains light blue lined cubes. The following statement appears under the memo line: "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Englewood, Colorado," and is followed by "KeyBank National Association, N.A., Denver, Colorado." The correct verification number of 1-800-223-7520 appears on the reverse side of the check.
KeyBank National Association
Cleveland, OH

Contact:
Corporate Security Division
Telephone: (800) 433-0124

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-9-2006
January 19, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122037171. In the top-left portion of the checks is the bank's name followed by an incorrect address (23250 Pacific Hwy S, Kent WA 98032) and an incorrect telephone number (1-866-909-9189). The term "OFFICIAL CHECK" is displayed in the top-center portion of the items. The counterfeit checks also contain the following statement embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic official checks display the term "OFFICIAL CHECK" in white block letters inside a gray box in the top-center portion of the check. A black key is located in the top-left portion of the check and the following statement is displayed below the top border: "THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED IN A SPECIAL WHITE INK. HOLD THE DOCUMENT AT A SMALL ANGLE TO SEE THIS SECURITY FEATURE." A dark blue strip below the routing number line states: "THE VARIABLE TONE BACKGROUND AREA OF THIS DOCUMENT CHANGES COLOR GRADUALLY AND SMOOTHLY FROM DARKER TONES AT BOTH TOP AND BOTTOM TO THE LIGHTEST TONE IN THE MIDDLE." Authentic official checks feature blue lined cubes that fade in color from both the top and the bottom, with the lightest shading in the center portion of the check.
KeyBank National Association
Cleveland, OH

Contact: OCC
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Official Checks


Alert 2006-14
March 9, 2006
The above-named bank has reported that two groups of counterfeit official checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 102003918 are being presented for payment nationwide. The first group of counterfeit checks is being issued in the amount of $4,300.00. Each check in this group is accompanied by a letter from "Bono Sweepstakes Lottery" instructing recipients to call 1-905-265-8952 to claim a prize. The second group of checks is being issued in larger amounts ($25,000 - $125,000). Each check in this group is accompanied by a letter from "International Trust Company" with the same telephone number referenced above. These checks appear to be sent in connection with an Internet solicitation; however, the exact nature of the Internet solicitation is unknown.

The counterfeit checks are very similar to the authentic items and may be identified by the following: a standard check stock with a light blue background and a darker blue ribbon border along the sides and the top of the check. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are printed in black letters inside of a contrasting blue-colored box located in the top-center portion of the instrument. A black key followed by "KEYBANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, 33275 AURORA RD., Solon, OH 44139" is printed in the upper-left portion of the check. This address is a valid address for the Solon branch of KeyBank. All counterfeit items contain the name of Sandra Taylor in the memo line followed by a statement "Issued by KeyBank National Association, Denver, Colorado." The verification number, 1-800-932-3901, located on the bottom portion of the reverse side of the check, is not a telephone number associated with KeyBank or Integrated Payment Systems. A security statement "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK" appears in the top border of the check.

Authentic cashier's checks issued by the bank are blue in color with a blue scroll border printed on both sides and the top of the instrument. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" appear in black block letters inside of a contrasting blue-colored box in the top-center portion of the check. The following statement appears below the top border on each side of the box: OFFICIAL CHECK: "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." A black key is printed in the top-left portion of the instrument, followed by KeyBank National Association and the address of the issuing branch. The body of the checks contains light blue lined cubes. The following statement appears under the memo line: "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems Inc. Englewood, Colorado," and is followed by "KeyBank National Association, N.A., Denver Colorado." The correct verification number, which appears on the back of the instrument, is 1-800-223-7520.
Keybank National Assn.
Cleveland, OH

Contact:
OCC
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-1-2006
January 3, 2006
Counterfeit official checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 122037171 are being presented for payment.
Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust Company
Bethlehem, PA

Contact:
Henry D. Farabaugh
Telephone: (610) 807-5884
Fax: (610) 861-7892

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-204-2007
August 6, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is a payable-through account at U.S. Bank, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust Company issues cashier's checks through U.S. Bank. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display the following security statement embedded within a darkened top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER AND ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SECURITY SCREEN ON BACK WITH PADLOCK LOCK SECURITY ICON." A security padlock icon and the statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" are printed vertically along the right border. The counterfeit items have one signature line.

Authentic checks display the following security feature statements below the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BANK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." The words "VOID AFTER 180 DAYS" are centered below the words "CASHIERS CHECK" in the top center. The bank's street address ("90 HIGHLAND AVENUE") is printed below the bank's "KNBT" logo in the top-left corner. The word "REMITTER" is printed above "PAYABLE THROUGH US BANK, ST. PAUL, MN" in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks have two signature lines.
Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust Company
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

Contact:
Henry D. Farabaugh
Telephone: (610) 807-5884

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-52-2005
May 9, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 096016765, which is the routing number for the clearing bank for Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust Company. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks have the bank logo between the words "Keystone" and "Nazareth" in the bank name. The authentic checks do not have any security wording within the top border. The counterfeit items are missing the logo between the two words and have a top border that contains a description of the security notice.
King Southern Bank
Chaplin, Kentucky

Contact:
Mike Bennett
Telephone: ((502) 515-2265
FAX: (502) 266-9600
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-126-2003
April 28, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 083907052, which is assigned to King Southern Bank, and are similar in appearance to authentic checks. The counterfeit items are printed on blue check stock paper with blue borders. A telephone number, not associated with the bank, is displayed below the bank's name and address in the top center. The following statement is printed in the top border: "THE DOCUMENT CONTAINS SECURITY FEATURES & MICROPRINTING."

King Southern Bank issues two kinds of authentic cashier's checks, both on different colors of check stock paper. Authentic checks have ornate black borders on all sides and display a security lock symbol in the upper-left corner. The checks that are printed on blue safety paper include the bank's name and address in the top center. The checks that are printed on yellow paper display the telephone number 1-502-673-3154 below the bank's name and address in the top-left corner.
Kleberg First National Bank of Kingsville,
Kingsville, TX

Contact:
Kleberg Bank Phone Center
Telephone: (361) 592-8501
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-17-2009
September 17, 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 114912686 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam. The counterfeit checks do not resemble the bank's authentic items and may be identified by the following traits: the instruments are pinkish grey in color and contain the name of the bank in a stacked fashion in the center of the item followed by an address of "100 East Kleberg Avenue, Kinston, Texas 78363." The following security statement is located in the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A RED AND GRAY BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $1,993, contain a remitter name of "Lionel Gresky," and display a five-digit serial number. Due to possible variations between the appearance of the bank's authentic items and the counterfeit items associated with the scam, officials of Kleberg First National Bank of Kingsville 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 "Liberty Marketing & Management Corp, Market Research & Management, 600-5th Ave., New York, New York Fax: 1-832-218-4488; Phone: 1-647-863-8544." 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 contact Sandra Anderson or Mike Campbell at 1-647-863-8544 for further information prior to cashing the check. The letter may display a signature of Kim Shapiro.
Kleberg First National Bank of Kingsville,
Kingsville, TX

Contact:
Brad Womack
Telephone: (361) 592-8501
Fax: (361) 593-1519
Counterfeit Expense Checks


SA-10-2009
June 3, 2009
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit expense checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 114912686 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a sweepstakes scam. The counterfeit checks strongly resemble the bank's authentic items, but may be identified by the following traits: the instruments are light pink in color and include the following security statement in the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER AND ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SECURITY SCREEN ON BACK WITH PADLOCK SECURITY ICON." Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,432 and do not contain the distinct Kleberg Bank watermark in the center of the check.

Due to possible variations between the appearance of the bank's authentic items and the counterfeit items associated with differing scams, officials of Kleberg First National Bank suggest they be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's expense checks if received by anyone other than a bank vendor. Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks may contain the letterhead of "Publishers Sweepstakes Commission" and may be signed by Richard Collins, Chief Financial Officer. The correspondence informs the recipient that he or she has been selected as a winner of a lottery draw. The letter states that the enclosed check is to be used to pay all applicable duty taxes and must be deposited in the recipient's account only after speaking to the claims agent. Recipients are instructed to contact Claims Agent Michael Bonds at 1-877-892-8285, Extension 1, upon receipt of the correspondence.
Kleberg First National Bank of Kingsville,
Kingsville, Texas

Contact:
Brad Womack
Telephone: (361) 595-2924
Fax: (509) 593-1519
Counterfeit Expense Checks


SA-70-2009
February 27, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery sweepstakes scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 114912686, which is assigned to Kleberg First National Bank of Kingsville. The items are nearly identical to authentic expense checks; however, the counterfeit items display a solid dark top border containing the following security statement: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER AND ORGINAL DOCUMENT SECURITY SCREEN ON BACK WITH PADLOCK SECURITY ICON." Authentic official checks are light brown and display a dark brown trim along the top and bottom borders. The following security feature statement is displayed within the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER."
KleinBank
Big Lake, MN

Contact:
Gary Motzko
Telephone: (952) 361-5219
Fax: (952) 556-8597
Counterfeit Personal Money Orders


SA-47-2007
February 27, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 091915654, which is assigned to KleinBank, and are virtually identical to authentic money orders. However, on the counterfeit items, "USDOllars" is printed with a capital "O"; on authentic money orders, the "o" in "USDollars" is not capitalized.
Klein Bank
Spring, Texas

Contact:
Ms. Terri Moore
Telephone: (281) 320-1702
FAX: (281) 320-1728
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-46-2003
August 8, 2003
The counterfeit instruments include the bank's routing number of 113008012.
The counterfeit items display a layout similar to the bank's genuine checks. However, when photocopied, a genuine check will display the word "void" continuously across the copy.
Additionally, the back of the genuine check has a security box and a control number printed in red ink, while the counterfeit item has neither.
L&N Federal Credit Union,
Louisville, KY

Contact:
Sharon Cummings
Telephone: (502) 515-8329
Fax: (502) 515-8390
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-133-2008
June 20, 2008
The items are reportedly associated with a secret shopping scam. L&N Federal Credit Union does not issue cashier's checks. It does, however, issue official checks. The counterfeit items display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, Boston, Massachusetts. L&N Federal Credit Union's official checks are issued by Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, through an account at Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks.

The counterfeit items display the following security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." A security statement is also shown along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear inside of a rectangle in the top-right area. The items have a "VOID" background when copied.

Authentic cashier's checks are dark blue and have a block-patterned background. The top and side borders are scroll with solid squares in the top corners and solid circles in the bottom corners. A rectangle containing the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" is below the top border and centered between the following security feature statements: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY."
Laconia Savings Bank
Laconia, NH

Contact:
Shaun Sanborn
Telephone: (603) 527-5095
Fax: (603) 527-5205

Counterfeit Treasurer's Checks


SA-109-2005
August 18, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 211770271 for Laconia Savings Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The layout, style and fonts are different. The counterfeit items use the term "CASHIER'S CHECK"; authentic checks are called "TREASURER'S CHECKS."
Lafayette Ambassador Bank
Easton, Pennsylvania

Contact:
John P. Illes, IV
Telephone: (610) 758-7351
Fax: (610) 758-7338
E-mail: Jilles@fult.com

Counterfeit Official Checks and Cashier's Checks


SA-303-2007
December 19, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 031302133, which is assigned to Lafayette Ambassador Bank. However, the counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. There are two versions of the counterfeit items. One is referred to as an "OFFICIAL CHECK" while the other is a "CASHIER'S CHECK." The counterfeit items display the security statement "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A BLUE & GREEN BACKGROUND AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK ON THE BACK-HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW" embedded within a darkened top border.

Lafayette Ambassador Bank does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue official checks. Authentic official checks have a multi-colored background and ornate borders. The security feature statement "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A MULTICOLORED BACKGROUND, MICROPRINT LINES IN THE BORDER, A TRUE WATERMARK, AND VISIBLE PLUS INVISIBLE FLUORESCENT FIBERS" appears below the top border. The bank's waving-flag logo precedes the bank's name in a darkened rectangle with rounded corners in the top center.
Lafayette Bank & Trust Company, N.A.
Lafayette, IN

Contact:
Renee D. Reed
Telephone: (765) 423-7202
Fax: (765) 423-7198

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-57-2006
October 25, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's 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. Counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits: The checks are green in color and contain a darkened top border containing the following statement: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are enclosed in a rectangular-shaped box and located in the top-center portion of the instrument. The checks are missing other security features as well as decorative borders, which are found on authentic items.

Checks presented to date have included serial numbers found within the series of 707113696 and 707118899, have been made payable in various amounts greater than $2,000, and include a forged signature of Lisa Vos.

Correspondence accompanying the checks may contain the letterhead of "Omega Lotto E-Payment Inc., P.O. Box 68112, St. Thomas, Virgin Island 00802." Note that the address is misspelled as "Virgin Island" vs. "Virgin Islands." The letter alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize and should contact Mr. David Cohen at 1-902-412-8818 upon receipt of the notice. The recipient is informed to keep all information confidential and is encouraged to act by a specific date or the winnings will be forfeited. The correspondence is signed by Ronald Winston, Director Claim Management. Consumers who have called the telephone number were instructed to wire money to Canada in order to pay processing fees and international taxes.
Lafayette Savings Bank, FSB
Lafayette, IN

Contact:
Kris Lowe
Telephone: (765) 429-2862
Fax: (765) 742-1507

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-276-2006
September 19, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a Canadian lottery scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 274971761, which is assigned to Lafayette Savings Bank, FSB, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion of the items. Some of the counterfeit items display "LAFAYETTE AMERICAN BANK" in a large font in the top-left corner, along with a mailing address and a toll-free telephone number, which are not associated with the bank. The following statement appears in the middle section of the counterfeit items: "MATCH THE AMOUNT IN WORDS WITH THE AMOUNT IN NUMBERS."

Authentic checks display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the bottom-left corner. "Lafayette Savings Bank" is printed in a stair-step format centered at the top of the checks, directly adjacent to the bank's logo. The following statement appears below the dollar line on authentic checks: "A DECLARATION OF LOSS WILL BE REQUIRED TO REPLACE THIS INSTRUMENT. VOID AFTER 90 DAYS FROM DATE OF ISSUE."
Lafayette State Bank
Mayo, Florida

Contact:
Mary Beth Hamlin
Telephone: (386) 294-1901

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-63-2004
September 2, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 063105515 and are very similar to authentic instruments. However, authentic cashier's checks contain a security watermark on the reverse side, which is not evident on the counterfeit items.
Lake Area Bank
Lindstrom, MN

Contact:
Chad Lindgren
Phone Number: (651) 464-9001
Fax Number: (651) 464-9006

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-29-2007
January 11, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 091912521, which is assigned to Lake Area Bank. The items are dissimilar to the authentic checks and display the bank's name, address and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, in the upper-left corner. The counterfeit items are printed on marbled green paper and have security feature descriptions embedded in the top and bottom borders. Authentic checks display the bank's logo, name and slogan in the top-left corner, and the bank's address at the top center. Authentic checks are blue, and the words "EXPENSE CHECK" or "INTEREST CHECK" appear above the signature line on the lower-right side.
Lake City Bank
Warsaw, IN

Contact:
Eric Shrock
Phone Number: (574) 267-9198, extension 6303 or (877)-718-9198, extension 6303

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-1888-2008
September 4, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to U.S. Bank, St. Paul, Minnesota. Lake City Bank issues cashier's checks through Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, using a payable-through account at U.S. Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items display "Pay to the Order of" on one line, rather than on two lines. The written dollar amount is shown inside of a box above the signature line. Authentic cashier's checks display a "REMITTER" line just above the payee. The FDIC logo is displayed at the bottom center and "PAYABLE THROUGH BANK IS U. S. BANK ST. PAUL, MN" is located in the lower-left corner.
Lake Forest Bank and Trust Company,
Lake Forest, IL

Contact:
Mary Ann Gannon
Phone Number: (847) 615-4075
Fax: (866) 458-6048

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-12-2008
January 11, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071925334, which is assigned to Lake Forest Bank and Trust Company, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items are light blue and white with a gold square in the middle and dark blue borders. A security feature statement is embedded within the top border and the bank's name is printed in the top-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK," the bank's address and several telephone numbers, which are not associated with the bank, are shown in the top-center area. A grid containing the words "Account Number," "Record Date," "Payment Date," "Rate" and "Purchaser" appears near the middle portion. "Payable At Lake Forest Bank, U.S.A., NA, Lake Forest, Illinois" and a security padlock are shown in the lower-right corner. A "VOID" background is displayed when the counterfeit item is copied. Authentic cashier's checks are mint green in color and have white outer borders. The words "Cashier's Check" and "Remitter" are printed in the top-left corner. The bank's name, address, and telephone number ("847/234 2882") are displayed near the top center.
Lakeland Bank,
Oak Ridge, NJ

Contact:
Peter Romaine
Phone Number: (973) 208-6233
Fax: (973) 697-7519

Counterfeit Checks


SA-32-2009
February 25, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 021205376, which is assigned to Lakeland Bank. The items display a security feature embedded within the top and bottom borders. The bank's name and address are displayed in the top-left corner and in the top center. One signature line is shown in the lower-right corner. Authentic checks are labeled as "TREASURER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner and display a padlock icon and security feature on the right side. Authentic treasurer's checks have two signature lines in the lower-right corner.
Langley Federal Credit Union,
Hampton, VA

Contact:
Tricia Driscoll
Telephone: (757) 827-7200, extension 2253

Counterfeit Checks


SA-43-2008
February 25, 2008
The items are reportedly associated with Internet sales and overpayment scams. The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to U.S. Bank, St. Paul, Minnesota. Langley Federal Credit Union issues official checks through Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, using a payable-through account at U.S. Bank.

The counterfeit items are very similar to authentic checks; however, the counterfeit items display an incorrect word usage ("This") in the security feature statement embedded in the top border: "THIS FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MULTICOLOR BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER." Authentic checks display the security feature statement "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MULTICOLOR BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER" embedded in the top border.
Lamar National Bank
Paris, TX

Contact:
Linda Belcher
Telephone: (903) 784-0701
Fax: (903) 784-6222

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-9-2007
January 5, 2007
Counterfeit items display the routing number 111909870, which is assigned to Lamar National Bank. The counterfeit items are virtually identical to the authentic checks. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.
Landmark Bank
Clinton,LA

Contact:
Virdie B. "Chip" Moeller
Telephone: (225) 683-3371
Fax: (225) 683-5141

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-81-2008
April 11, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 065201624, which is assigned to Landmark Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks. However, the counterfeit items are printed on blue and white check stock, while authentic checks are printed on light green check stock. Authentic cashier's checks also have ornate side borders with a padlock icon embedded in the right border.
Latimer State Bank
Wilburton, OK

Contact:
Klancy Walker
Telephone: (918) 465-2327
Fax: (918) 465-2078

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-113-2007
May 2, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a secret shopper scam and are included with correspondence from The Apex Evaluation and Marketing Services, Ontario, Canada. The counterfeit items display the routing number 103102300, which is assigned to Latimer State Bank. The items include the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" inside of a rectangle with rounded corners in the top center. Printed on either side of the rectangle is the following security statement: "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." The counterfeit items have ornate borders along the top and sides. Authentic checks display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. A logo is included in the top-left corner, along with the bank's name and location.
Lawrence Bank
Lawrence, KS

Contact:
Vickie L. Knight
Telephone: (785) 856-9411
Fax: (785) 865-2999

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-127-2008
June 18, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 101114895, which is assigned to The Lawrence Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The items are green and display a "VOID" background when copied. The security feature statement "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER" is centered and embedded in a darkened top border. A security statement is also shown along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and an indemnity bond statement are in the top center. The bank's name and logo are shown in a darkened rectangle in the top-left corner. The bank's name (repeated) and the statements "Payable Through Lawrence Bank, Lawrence, KS" and "For Inquires call 1-800-373-0868" are in the top-left corner. The toll-free telephone number is not associated with the bank. Two signature lines are in the lower-right corner. "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" is shown below the first signature line and "COUNTERSIGNED" below the second. "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner and "Operator I.D." in the top-right corner.

Authentic checks are blue and have a foil strip across the top. The security feature statement "This document has a colored background, Foil Accent and a backside authentic watermark; absence of these features will indicate a copy" is in italic print and centered below the written dollar amount line. A padlock icon and vertical security statement appear on the right side. "CASHIER'S CHECK" appears in the lower-left corner. The bank's logo (a dark rounded square containing a four-point white star), name, location and telephone number, "785-838-9704," are top centered. The word "REMITTER" appears in the top-left corner and one signature line is displayed in the lower-right corner.
Lea County State Bank
Hobbs, New Mexico
Contact: Ms. D'Dee Ottino-Winters
Telephone: (505) 397-6645 Fax: (505) 397-6618
Counterfeit Official Checks
FIL-113-2002
September 23, 2002
The routing number used is 112201836
Leader Bank, N.A.
Arlington, MA
Contact: Bret Schofield
Telephone: (781) 646-3900
Counterfeit Treasurer's Checks
Alert 2012-2
February 3, 2012
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit treasurer's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 011307129 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with an Internet purchase scam. Counterfeit items do not resemble the bank's authentic treasurer's checks and may be identified by the following: the checks have been printed on a blue parchment-style check stock with a marbled background and contain the bank's name and complete mailing address of "180 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474" in the upper-left corner. The words "Treasurer's Check" are presented slightly off-center right in the top portion of the check, followed by the abbreviated routing number of "53-712/113." A dark blue border is present along the top edge of the instrument, and the following statement is printed within: "This document has a colored background and microprinting. The reverse side includes an artificial watermark." Items presented to date have been made payable for varying amounts between $2,950 and $4,550.
Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank
Lebanon, PA
Contact: Glynnis M. Kofler
Telephone: (717) 274-6860
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-70-2007
March 16, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 031302780, which is assigned to Lebanon Valley Farmers Bank. The counterfeit items are virtually identical to authentic treasurer's checks. Authentic treasurer's checks have a hidden "VOID" pantograph throughout and a cubed patterned background with vibrant colors changing from maroon to teal in the center.
Lee Bank
Lee, MA
Contact: Peter W. Brown
Telephone: (413) 243-9226
Fax: (413) 243-1524
Counterfeit Checks
SA-20-2008
January 23, 2008
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a mystery shopping scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 211870870, which is assigned to Lee Bank and used for bill payment checks. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks and have rounded corners. They display the security feature statement "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER" in a darkened top border and the statement "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED DETAILS ON BACK" between two padlock icons along the bottom border. The words "CHECK" and "DATE" are printed to the left of the numeric dollar amount and the word "PAYOR" is printed below the written dollar amount line. Authentic checks have dark blue borders on all sides and squared corners. They display the security feature statement "ORIGINAL CHECK IS PRINTED ON CHEMICAL REACTIVE PAPER WHICH CONTAINS A WATERMARK" embedded in the top border.
Legacy Bank
Milwaukee, WI

Contact:
Camille Lumpkin
Telephone: (414) 343-3031
Fax: (414) 343-6906

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-160-2005
November 8, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 075017853, which is assigned to Legacy Bank, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks in style, font and layout. The counterfeit items display a telephone number that is not associated with the bank; authentic checks do not have a telephone number printed on the checks.
LegacyTexas Bank
Palno, TX

Contact:
Paul Dille
Telephone: (972) 461-1433
Fax: (972) 461-1446

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-199-2009
December 3, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111901234, which is assigned to LegacyTexas Bank. A security feature statement is embedded in the top border. The bank's Web site address and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, are shown below its name in the top-left corner. The word "HAMILTON" appears below the words "Cashier's Check" in the top center. Authentic cashier's checks display a "Declaration of Lost Instrument Notice" below the top border. The bank's logo and name appear as watermarks in the center of the check.
Legence Bank
Eldorado, ILbr>
Contact:
Dee A. Adams
Telephone: (618) 273-2271
Fax: (618) 273-2508

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-210-2009
December 17, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 081204867, which is assigned to Legence Bank. The items are similar to authentic official checks and display "Remitter:" on the left side of the items. Authentic official checks are green with a security statement and padlock icon embedded within the right border. The bank's website is displayed below the bank's name and logo in the top-left corner.
Legends Bank
Linn, MO

Contact:
Mary Lou Katnik
Telephone: (573) 897-2204
Fax: (573) 897-4202

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-74-2008
March 31, 2008
The items are reportedly associated with a sweepstakes scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 081514010, which is assigned to Legends Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items have dark borders and display a security feature statement embedded within the top border. A padlock icon is shown in the lower-right corner. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are shown inside a rectangle with rounded corners in the top center. The bank's name and "SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI" appear in the top-left corner. The phrase "NAME OF REMITTER" is in the lower-left corner. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" precede the signature line and "Drawer: Legends Bank, Saint Louis, Missouri" is shown below the signature line.

Legends Bank does not issue official checks; however, it does issue cashier's checks. Authentic cashier's checks are light blue and have ornate borders. The bank's logo (a tree image), name, "Linn, Missouri 65051" and Web site address are in the top–center area. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and a "NOTICE TO CUSTOMER" regarding an indemnity bond appear in the lower-left corner. The word "REMITTER" is in the top-left corner. A padlock icon and vertical security feature statement are centered and incorporated in the right border. The statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED ON AMOUNTS OVER $5,000.00" appears above two signature lines. A rectangular box is displayed on the right side containing the numeric dollar amount.
Lenox Bank
Lenox, MA

Contact:
Joseph E. Leskovitz
Telephone: (413) 637-0017
Fax: (413) 637-0844

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-168-2007
July 2, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a secret shopper scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 011805388, which is assigned to The Lenox National Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items have ornate blue borders on three sides. They also display the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" inside a rectangle with rounded corners centered within the top border. The following security statement appears on each side of the rectangle: "HOLD THIS DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." "LENOX NATIONAL BANK, 7 Main Street, Lenox, MA 01240-1532" appears in the lower-left corner.

The Lenox National Bank issues cashier's checks, rather than official checks. Authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" inside a green rectangle in the lower-left corner below an indemnity bond statement. The bank's name, city and state are printed inside a rectangle in the top center. "MEMBER FEDERAL DEPOSIT INSURANCE CORPORATION" appears directly below the rectangle. An image of the bank's historical office building appears as a watermark in the center. Authentic checks are green in color; the center is gray.
Lewisburg Banking Company,
Lewisburg, KY,

Contact:
Jaames Justice
Telephone: (270) 755-4818
Fax: (270) 755-4840

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks and Official Checks


SA-22-2010
March 1, 2010
Lewisburg Banking Company does not issue cashier's or official checks; however, it does issue bank money orders. The counterfeit items display the routing number 083905342, which is assigned to Lewisburg Banking Company. The items have a security feature statement along the top border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" or "OFFICIAL CHECK" are encircled in the top center of the items. The bank's name, along with a logo, P.O. Box and telephone number, is displayed in the top-left corner. The P.O. Box and telephone number are not associated with the bank. Authentic money orders have ornate borders and the words "BANK MONEY ORDER" are top-centered within a darkened box. The bank's name, logo and P.O. Box appear near the bottom-left corner.
Libertad Bank, SSB
Austin, TX

Contact:
Ernesto Gonzalez
Phone: (512) 693-3600
Fax: (512) 693-3614

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-38-2009
February 25, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 114994031, which is assigned to Libertad Bank, SSB. The items also display a security feature statement along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The bank's logo, name and a toll-free telephone number that is not associated with the bank are shown in the top-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are shown in the top center. Two signature lines are displayed in the lower-right corner. Authentic cashier's checks display security feature statements embedded in the top and side borders. The bank's logo and name are shown in the top-center area. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and a notice to customer are displayed in the lower-left corner. One signature line is displayed in the lower-right corner.
Liberty Bank
Middletown, CT

Contact:
Gary E. Mackiewicz
Phone: (860) 638-2902
Fax: (860) 343-7429

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-219-2008
December 11, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211170282, which is assigned to Liberty Bank. The items are similar to authentic money orders; however, the counterfeit items display preprinted lines for the "DATE" and "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" fields. Authentic money orders display an octagon-shaped icon above a padlock symbol and security statement in the lower-right corner.
Liberty Bank
Alton, IL

Contact:
Paige Beilsmith
Phone: (618) 462-7000
Fax: (618) 462-7094

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-242-2007
August 29, 2007
The items are reportedly associated with Canadian secret shopper and sweepstakes scams. The counterfeit items display the routing number 081025415, which is assigned to Liberty Bank. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded within a darkened top border. The statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" are centered along the bottom border between two padlock icons. Authentic checks have ornate side borders and display a security feature statement below the written dollar amount line. A security padlock icon and statement appear above the word "DOLLARS."
Liberty Bank
Geraldine, AL

Contact:
Elaine Gilbert
Phone: (256) 659-2175
Fax: (256) 659-4882

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-200-2007
August 3, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 062201847, which is assigned to Liberty Bank. The items display a security statement embedded in the top border. A toll-free telephone number ("1-866-382-9163"), which is not associated with the bank, is shown beneath the bank's logo, name and address. A padlock icon is included in the bottom border.
Liberty Bank
Middletown, Connecticut

Contact:
Gary Mackiewicz
Phone: (860) 638-2902
Fax: (860) 638-2901

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-172-2006
June 23, 2006
The counterfeit items include the routing number 211170282, which is assigned to Liberty Bank. However, Liberty Bank issues official checks through an Integrated Payment Systems, Inc. account held at JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA, Denver, Colorado, and those checks display the routing number 102000979.

The counterfeit items display "LIBERTY SAVINGS BANK, Middletown, CT., 1-866-802-4458" on three lines located in the top-center portion of the item. The toll-free telephone is not associated with the Liberty Bank. Additionally, a liberty bell logo appears in the top-left corner of the item with the words "Cashier's Check" displayed beneath the logo.

Authentic checks display "OFFICIAL CHECK" inside a box with rounded corners in the top-center portion of the check. The words "LIBERTY BANK" appear in the top-left corner and the "I" in "LIBERTY " is displayed as a torch.
Liberty Bank
Middletown, Connecticut

Contact:
Gary Mackiewicz
Phone: (888) 570-0773
Fax: (860) 638-2934

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-15-2006
January 25, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211174356, which is assigned to Liberty Bank. The counterfeit items bear the name of Hometown Bank and display an address of 26 Killingworth Road, Higganum, CT 06441. Authentic checks bearing the name Hometown Bank are no longer issued.
Liberty Bank and Trust Company
New Orleans, LA

Contact:
Calvin Kaufmann
Phone: (504) 240-5109
Fax: (504) 240-2720

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-129-2010
September 8, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 065002108, which is assigned to Liberty Bank and Trust Company. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. A security feature statement is embedded within a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The signature is shown inside of a darkened rectangle in the lower-right corner and a "VOID" background is shown when copied. Authentic cashier's checks are light blue with a basket-weave background. Checks have an ornate border on all sides and are perforated along the left side. The numerical amount is shown inside of a darkened rectangle. Two signatures lines are in the lower-right corner.
Liberty Bank of Arkansas
Jonesboro, AR

Contact:
Karen Tilley
Telephone: (870) 268-2313
Fax: (870) 268-1514

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-40-2007
February 1, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 084108795, which is assigned to Liberty Bank of Arkansas. The counterfeit items also display a flag logo to the right of the bank's name in the top center; authentic checks display the bank's flag logo above the bank's name in the top center. The counterfeit items are printed on check stock with rounded corners; authentic checks have squared corners. On the counterfeit items, a security statement is embedded in the top border; on authentic checks, it is below the dollar amount line. One signature line is shown on the counterfeit items; two signature lines are displayed on authentic checks.
Liberty First Bank
Monroe, GA

Contact:
Vicki Hubbard
Telephone: (770) 207-3000
Fax: (770) 207-3010

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-202-2008
October 3, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 061120806, which is assigned to Liberty First Bank, Monroe, Georgia. The items also display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom between two padlocks. Liberty First Bank issues official checks, which display the routing number 011007092. This routing number is assigned to Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, Boston, Massachusetts. Liberty First Bank issues official checks through Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, payable through Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company. Authentic checks display the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" in top-left corner. A security statement is shown just below the top border and a padlock icon is shown the lower-right corner.
Liberty National Bank
Ada, OH

Contact:
Michael Shuster
Telephone: (419) 673-1217, extension 1248
Fax: (419) 673-0730

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-45-2010
May 3, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 041205929, which is assigned to Liberty National Bank. The items also display the bank's name and logo in the top center and the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" framed inside a rectangle in the top center with security feature statements on each side. The bank's name and logo are displayed in the top-left corner.
Liberty Savings Bank, FSB
Saint Cloud, MN

Contact:
Robin M. Gohman
Telephone: (320) 529-2183
Fax: (320) 252-9478

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2013-24
November 12, 2013
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks using a correct routing number of 291971391 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with overpayment scams related to online auctions and job solicitations.

The counterfeit checks resemble the bank's authentic items but may be identified by the following: Counterfeit items are tricolored, fading from pink, blue, and green, left to right. They contain a blurred bank logo in the upper-left corner and a dark top border with the following security statement: "TO VERIFY AUTHENTICITY, SEE REVERSE SIDE FOR DESCRIPTION OF THE 13 SECURITY FEATURES." The items contain one authorized signature and do not include the bank's telephone numbers of (320) 252-2841 or (888) 850-2265. Items presented to date may contain a remitter name of Rebecca Leih and be made payable for $2,480.

Recipients are contacted via e-mail by Joshua Miles (Joshua.miles29@yahoo.com) and later receive a check in the mail for an amount greater than what was expected. The potential victims are then instructed to immediately deposit the check into their bank account and wire the difference in funds to a third party.
LifeStore Bank
West Jefferson, NC

Contact:
Pam DeVall
Telephone: (336) 219-1035
Fax: (336) 219-1135

Counterfeit Official Checks


Alert 2014-9
February 5, 2014
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit official checks using a correct routing number of 253171676 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with an international lottery scam.

While the counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic checks, counterfeit items may be identified by several traits:
  -The check is blue with a basket-weave-patterned background.
  -The following security statement is located in the top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER."
  -The bottom-center portion of the check contains an oval security feature with a padlock icon and the following statement: "HEAT SENSITIVE LOCK, FADES WITH HEAT ON TOUCH."
  -The bank's logo in the upper-right corner is presented in red with white lettering.
  -The bank's telephone number of (800) 723-4718 is not included.
  -The authorized signature appears as Kristen Johnson and is computer-generated.

Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,440 and contain a remitter name of Lauren Colby.

Potential victims are contacted by mail in a letter signed by Lauren Colby. The correspondence accompanying the counterfeit check includes the following letterhead: Warwick Foundation, LTD, 20 Britton St., London, England EC1M.UK. The letter states that the recipient has won a large sum of money and that the enclosed check is to be used to pay the applicable government taxes and clearance. Recipients are instructed to keep their winnings confidential and to contact Ralph Bridges at 011-44-7457-106-506 before depositing the checks into their bank accounts.
Lincoln County Bank
Merrill, WI

Contact:
Karen M. Nelson
Phone: (715) 536-8301
Fax: (715) 536-8306

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-120-2007
May 7, 2007
The items are reportedly being used for Internet-based purchases. The counterfeit items display the routing number 091501411, which is assigned to Lincoln County Bank. The items are similar to authentic checks; however, on some of the items the bank's name is misspelled as "Loncoln County Bank."
Lincoln Savings Bank
Cedar Falls, IA

Contact:
Charla A. Reynolds-Davis
Telephone: (319) 233-1900, extension 215
Fax: (319) 788-6697
E-mail: Charlar@mylsb.com

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-15-2011
March 2, 2011
The counterfeit items display the routing number 073905527, which is assigned to Lincoln Savings Bank. The counterfeit items are nearly identical to authentic cashier's checks. The primary difference is that the counterfeit items display the numeric dollar amount inside of a box.
Lindell Bank & Trust Company
St. Louis, MO

Contact:
Michele Miller
Phone: (314) 645-7700, extension 3030
Fax: (314) 645-7124

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-159-2008
August 11, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 081001073, which is assigned to Lindell Bank & Trust Company. A security feature statement is embedded in the top border and above the routing number between two padlocks. A P.O. Box mailing address is displayed beneath the bank's name. The words "cashier's check" appear above a notice to customers in the lower-left corner. Authentic cashier's checks display the words "cashier's check" below a notice to customers in the lower-left corner. The items have preprinted lines for the "REMITTER," "DATE" and "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" fields.
Linn County State Bank,
Coggon, Iowa


Contact:
Kevin Banasik
Phone: (319) 447-2551
Fax: (319) 447-2556

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-26-2009
February 18, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 073922018, which is assigned to Linn County State Bank. The items are labeled as cashier's checks in the top-center area and display a security feature statement along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The bank's logo, name, city and state appear in the top-left corner. A toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, is shown below the bank's name, city and state. Linn County State Bank does not issue cashier's checks. Instead, it issues money orders, which display the words "MONEY ORDER" vertically along the left side. The bank's name and two branch addresses are shown in the top-left corner and the bank's logo and name are shown in the top-center area.
Lone Star Bank, S.S.B.
Moulton, TX

Contact:
Sheryl Janak
Phone: (361) 596-4611
Fax: (361) 596-7519

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-171-2009
September 30, 2009
Lone Star Bank, S.S.B. does not issue official checks; however, it does issue cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the routing number 113119985, which is assigned to Lone Star Bank, S.S.B. The items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" appear in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks have security feature statements embedded in darkened top and side borders. The bank's telephone number appears below its name, locations and P.O. Box address in the top center. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the lower-left corner.
Lone Star Bank
Houston, TX

Contact:
Kathy Stuckey
Phone: (713) 358-9421
Fax: (713) 358-9478

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-174-2007
July 2, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 113025299, which is assigned to Lone Star Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display security feature statements within the top and bottom borders. The bank's logo, name (repeated twice), city, state and a toll-free telephone number ("1.888.461.6614"), not associated with the bank, appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name is repeated as "DRAWER" below the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-right corner and below the printed dollar amount line. Two signature lines are preceded by "PER" on the lower-right side. The phrases "NAME OF PAYEE" and "REMITTER" appear on the left side.

Authentic checks display the bank's logo and name in the top center. An indemnity bond statement and "REMITTER" and "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" are printed on the left side. A security feature description is printed vertically within the right border. The statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $5,000.00" is displayed below two signature lines.
Lone Star National Bank
Pharr, TX

Contact:
Norma Quintanilla
Phone: (956) 984-2246
Fax: (956) 984-2291

Counterfeit Loan Proceeds Checks and Cashier's Checks


SA-79-2009
June 3, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 114911687, which is assigned to Lone Star National Bank. The items look nearly identical to authentic checks; however, the counterfeit items display a security feature statement along the bottom border between two padlocks. Lone Star National Bank issues both loan proceeds checks and cashier's checks. The authentic checks display the telephone number (956) 781- 4321 below the bank name and P.O. Box address. A security statement is also shown below the signature line.
Long Island Commercial Bank
Islandia, New York
Contact: Mr. Thomas Buonaiuto
Telephone: (631) 348-0888
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
FDIC FIL-83-2002
August 1, 2002
The items appear to be circulating nationwide. The routing number on the counterfeit checks is 021000021. The routing number is assigned to JP Morgan Chase Bank, Tampa, Florida
Lorain National Bank
Lorain, Ohio
Contact: Mr. Jim Long
Telephone: (440) 244-7255
FAX: (440) 244-4815
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-18-2003
April 2, 2003
The counterfeit checks are in circulation. All of the known counterfeit items include the bank's routing number of 041201114. The counterfeit instruments are almost exact copies of an authentic item; however, they do not contain a reflective watermark on the reverse side.
Lotus Bank
Novi, MI
Contact: Jeremy J. Runyon
Telephone: (248) 735-1000, extension 106
Fax: (248) 735-3830
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-72-2008
March 31, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 072414284, which is assigned to Lotus Bank but not used for the issuance of cashier's checks. The counterfeit items are nearly identical to authentic cashier's checks. However, authentic cashier's checks display the routing number 072414242 and are light pink in the middle with receding darker outer edges. The micro data line and all fill-in lines on authentic checks are computer-generated in black ink.
Louisa Community Bank
Louisa, KY
Contact: Stacy L. DeRossett
Telephone: (606) 638-0007 Fax: (606) 638-9877
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-251-2007
September 13, 2007
The items are reportedly associated with a mystery shopping scam. Louisa Community Bank, Louisa, Kentucky, does not issue cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the routing number 042108520, which is assigned to Louisa Community Bank. The counterfeit items have a security feature statement embedded within the top and bottom borders and a security padlock icon within the right border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. The bank's name, logo, city, state and a toll-free telephone number ("1-888-360-9571"), which is not associated with the bank, are printed in the top-left corner. The bank's name is also shown below the written dollar amount line. Two signature lines preceded by the word "PER" appear on the right side. The words "Signing Officer" are printed beneath each signature line and the word "REMITTER" is displayed in the lower-right corner.
Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank,
Lowell, MA
Contact: Glenn Goldman
Telephone: (978) 441-6458
Fax: (978) 452-6747
Counterfeit Money Orders
SA-162-2009
September 11, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211371337, which is assigned to The Lowell Five Cents Savings Bank. The items are very similar to authentic money orders except that the words "MONEY ORDER" are circled on the authentic money orders.
Lubbock National Bank
Lubbock, TX
Contact: Kim Koontz
Telephone: (806) 792-1000
Fax: (806) 792-0976;
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Alert 2014-6
January 27, 2014
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with an online job opportunity scam.

The counterfeit checks resemble the bank's authentic checks but can be identified by several features. The counterfeit checks include one of the following security statements in the top border: “WARNING: THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES IN THE PAPER” or “THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK.” The counterfeit items have a blue marbled background and include one signature line, the date is presented in numbers rather than spelled out, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation logo is missing. Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $2,480 and contain a remitter name of Tommy Castro. Potential victims are initially contacted via e-mail regarding a work-at-home job offer. Upon receipt of the counterfeit check, recipients are instructed to purchase prepaid cards at a major retail store and provide the security codes to a third-party individual.
Lyndon State Bank,
Lyndon, KS
Contact: Kathy Zabel
Telephone: (785) 828-4411
Fax: (785) 828-4808
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-12-2009
January 5, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 101104407, which is assigned to The Lyndon State Bank. The items also display security features embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The bank's name appears in the top-left corner, and the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. The Lyndon State Bank does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue money orders. Authentic checks display the words "BANK MONEY ORDER" inside a box embedded in the top border. The bank's name is shown below the box. A floral design is displayed on the left side.
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.