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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
Pacific
Aberdeen, Washington

Contact:
Wendy Strange
Telephone: (360) 642-5524 Extension 225

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-67-2005
June 22, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 125108353 for Bank of the Pacific; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The counterfeit items and older authentic cashier's checks use the name "Bank NorthWest." However, the Bank of the Pacific acquired Bank NorthWest, and only cashier's checks of Bank of the Pacific have been issued since February 18, 2005. Also, the counterfeit items use the term "OFFICIAL CHECK" while the term "CASHIER'S CHECK" is used on authentic cashier's checks.
Pacific Continental Bank
Eugene, OR

Contact:
Bob Schmidt
Telephone: (541) 686-8685, Extension 2128
Fax: (541) 984-2262

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-81-2005
July 11, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 123205135 for Pacific Continental Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The layout, style and fonts are different. Counterfeit items show the bank's Beaverton, Oregon address and include an 800-telephone number. Authentic cashier's checks do not include an address or telephone number.
Pacific Crest Savings Bank
Lynnwood, WA

Contact:
Gena R. Emerson
Telephone: (425) 670-9605
Fax (425) 670-9688

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-43-2010
May 3, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 125184610, which is assigned to Pacific Crest Savings Bank. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are in the top-center area. A security padlock icon is embedded within the right border of the counterfeit items. Authentic checks display the routing number 125000105, which is assigned to US Bank, Seattle, Washington. Pacific Crest Savings Bank issues its cashier's checks though an account at US Bank. The authentic checks have a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear below the signature line in the lower-right corner.
Pacific Global Bank
Chicago, IL

Contact:
Sylvia M. Chung
Telephone: (773) 843-3233, extension 327
Fax: (773) 843-3237

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-138-2010
October 6, 2010
Pacific Global Bank does not issue official checks; however, it does issue cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the routing number 071006774, which is assigned to Pacific Global Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are in the top center and a security feature statement appears just below the top border. Authentic cashier's checks have ornate borders. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed in the top-center area. A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" statement appears in the top-right corner. A "MEMO" line appears in the lower-left corner and the words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear below the signature line in the lower-right corner.
Pacific Global Bank
Chicago, IL

Contact:
Sylvia M. Chung
Telephone: (773) 249-3233, extension 327
Fax: (773) 249-3237

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-231-2007
August 17, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 071006774, which is assigned to Pacific Global Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items have rounded corners, display a security feature statement within the top border, and have a vertical security padlock icon and statement on the lower-right side. The statement "VOID OVER $2,250.00" is printed above the signature area. Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's logo as the watermark in the center. The checks display a "MEMO" line in the lower-left corner and a printed "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" line in the lower-right corner. The checks have a light green background, dark green borders and green print.
Pacific International Bank
Seattle, WA

Contact:
Sue Gammon
Telephone: (206) 306-7900
Fax: (206) 306-0501

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-261-2006
September 8, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a sweepstakes scam and are accompanied by a letter from the "Investment & Trust Co." The letters state that recipients were previously notified of their winnings and should contact the claims division office to claim the winnings. The letters further state that capital gains are subject to tax based on a treaty between the United States and Europe thereby requiring recipients to return 10 percent of the winnings.

The counterfeit items include the routing number 125008657, which is assigned to Pacific International Bank. The following security statement is embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." In addition, the counterfeit items display a square-shaped logo and "PIBANK" in the top-left corner above the bank's address and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. The FDIC logo and the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are centered at the top. The counterfeit items have two signature lines.

Authentic cashier's checks display a square logo in the upper-left corner with the bank's name shown as "PIBANK," "Pacific," "International," and "Bank" on four separate lines directly to the right of the logo. In a column to the right of the bank's name are the address and a local telephone number. "Cashiers Check" is printed in the top-right corner.
Pacific National Bank
Miami, FL

Contact:
Rosario Garcia
Telephone: (305) 539-7590
Fax: (305) 539-7464

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-110-2009
July 20, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 066011350, which is assigned to Pacific National Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. The counterfeit items display the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" tiered below the bank's name and address in the top-left corner. The phrase "Payable Thru Pacific National Bank" is shown near the top center.

Authentic checks are light blue and when copied or scanned have a "VOID" background. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" appear in the top-left corner. The following security feature statement is below the micro-encoding: "ABSENCE OF U.S. PATENT NUMBERS IN THE LEFT MARGIN INDICATES THAT THIS CHECK IS FRAUDULENT. THIS AREA IS PRINTED WITH A PINK HEAT SENSITIVE INK THAT WILL DISAPPEAR WHEN BLOWING OR RUBBING." The signature area in the lower-right corner contains watermarks of a knight and a true diamond and the wording "FINGERPRINT CHECK."
Pacific National Bank
San Francisco, CA

Contact:
James Seidl
Telephone: (773) 602-8298
Fax: (773) 264-8769

Stolen Official Checks


SA-6-2008
January 9, 2008
The stolen official checks are numbered from 277000 to 277999; 278000 to 278999; 279500 to 279999; 280500 to 280999; and 281500 to 282499. They display the routing number 321070227, which is assigned to Pacific National Bank. These official checks were stolen during shipment.
Pacific Premier Bank
Costa Mesa, CA

Contact:
Steven G. Pitt, J.D.
Telephone: (714) 431-4051 Fax: (714) 431-4078

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-141-2009
August 20, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122042205, which is assigned to Preferred Bank. Pacific Premier Bank issues its official checks through Preferred Bank, Los Angeles, California. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. A padlock icon and security feature statement are embedded along the bottom border as well as on the right side of the signature line. The bank's logo and name are in the top-left corner. The wording "PAYABLE THROUGH PREFERRED BANK, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA" and a telephone number, unassociated with the bank, appear below the signature line on the bottom-right side.

Authentic checks are blue and display a "VOID" background when copied. A security statement is shown within darkened top and bottom borders. The banks' logo, name and address appear in the top-left corner. The wording "PAYABLE THROUGH PREFERRED BANK, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA" appears in the lower-left corner. A conditional and restrictive statement is tiered along the bottom portion. A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" appears above two signature lines on the right side.
Pacific Trust Bank, FSB
Chula Vista, CA

Contact:
Laura Larson
Telephone: (619) 498-0081, ext 4470
Fax: (619) 446-6206

Counterfeit Checks


SA-13-2007
January 5, 2007
Counterfeit items display the routing number 322274527, which is assigned to Pacific Trust Bank. Counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. Counterfeit items include the bank's name in the upper-left corner with "PAY" and "TO THE ORDER OF" fields centered in the middle. Additionally, two rectangular boxes labeled "Check Date" and "Check Amount" are printed in the upper-right corner.

Authentic checks display the routing number 122042205, which is assigned to Preferred Bank, Los Angeles, California. Pacific Trust Bank issues cashier's checks through a Preferred Bank account. Authentic checks display the bank's name and a sunburst logo in the upper-left corner with "CASHIER'S CHECK" centered below the top border. The following security statement is embedded within the top border: "WARNING: THIS CHECK HAS SECURITY FEATURES, SEE DETAILS ON BACK."
Pacific Western Bank ,
San Diego, CA

Contact:
Susan Thomas
Telephone: (818) 610-2773
Fax: (818) 703-6416
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

SA-16-2008
January 14, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122238200, which is assigned to Pacific Western Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the words "Cashier's Check" in the top center, and the bank's name and "Rosemead, Ca" appear in the top-left corner. A padlock is embedded in the right border between vertical security feature statements. Brackets containing the payee name and the statement "VOID AFTER 90 DAYS" are shown in the lower-left corner. Authentic cashier's checks display the words "Cashier's Check" in script font in the lower-left corner. The bank's logo, name and "Santa Monica, CA 90407-2209" appear in the top center. A security feature statement in script font is printed below the written dollar amount line.
Pacific Western National Bank (also known as Pacific Western Bank),
Santa Monica, California

Contact:
Sue Thomas
Telephone: (805) 494-9368
E-mail: sthomas@pacificwesternbank.com
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-95-2006
April 12, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122239775, which is assigned to Pacific Western Bank. However, Pacific Western National Bank issues cashier's checks with the routing number 122238200. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks in style. The counterfeit items display a "1" superimposed on top of a map of the United States, encircled in a globe. "First Bank" appears to the right of the globe logo, in the top-center portion of the item. "Austin, Texas" is displayed beneath "First Bank."

Authentic cashier's checks display "PACIFIC WESTERN BANK" to the right of a setting-sun logo, in the top-center portion of the check. Beneath the bank name, "Santa Monica, CA 90407-2209" is displayed.
The Paducah Bank and Trust Company
Paducah, Kentucky

Contact:
Jennifer Wyatt
Telephone: (270) 575-6680
Customer Service: (270) 575-5700
Fax: (270) 575-5726
E-mail: jwyatt@paducahbank.com

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-18-2011
April 6, 2011
The Paducah Bank and Trust Company (Paducah Bank), Paducah, Kentucky, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The Paducah Bank and Trust Company does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue official checks.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 083900402, which is assigned to The Paducah Bank and Trust Company. The items are dissimilar to authentic official checks. Counterfeit items have an ornate border on three sides of the item. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are centered in a rectangle in the top border with a security statement and sensor circle on each side of the rectangle.

Authentic official checks are light blue and when copied display "VOID" across the top. A security feature statement is centered in a top darkened border. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are centered and layered upon the statement. The bank's name, P.O. Box, location, and telephone number "270-575-5700" are in the top-left corner. A padlock icon and vertical security statement are embedded in the right border.
The Paducah Bank and Trust Company
Paducah, Kentucky

Contact:
Ashley Ottway
Telephone: (270) 575-6680
Fax: (270) 575-5726

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-24-2006
February 8, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 083900402, which is assigned to The Paducah Bank and Trust Company, and are similar to authentic checks in layout. However, the counterfeit items do not display a telephone number, which authentic cashier's checks display beneath the bank's name and address in the upper-left corner of the check. The counterfeit items also display an arrow in the dollar line; authentic cashier's checks display asterisks in the dollar line.
Palmetto State Bank
Laurens, SC

Contact:
Derrick M. Copeland
Telephone: (864) 250-6052
Fax: (864) 250-6068

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-203-2009
December 15, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to a MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. account, payable through the Bank of New York Mellon, Everett, Massachusetts. The Palmetto Bank issues its official checks through MoneyGram Payment System, Inc. The items are dissimilar to authentic official checks and when copied have a "VOID" background. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened green top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The statement "This Check Void After 90 Days" is below the signature line.

The Palmetto Bank issues two types of authentic official checks: (1) a laser check and (2) a three-part left snap check. Both types have a green basket-weave background with an ornate green border. Authentic official laser checks are computer-generated in black print. Authentic three-part left snap official checks are printed in green ink and include a security feature statement centered below the top border.
Palmetto State Bank
Hampton, South Carolina

Contact:
John Peters
Telephone: (803) 943-2671
Fax: (803) 943-5634

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-66-2007
March 16, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 053202596, which is assigned to Palmetto State Bank. The items, which bear no resemblance to authentic money orders, display "CASHIER'S CHECK" encapsulated within a box centered below the top border. Directly below the box is a rectangular area with six arrows pointing to the right. A toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the institution, is shown in the top-left corner. The following statements are embedded within the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT IS PRINTED GREEN. THE BACK CONTAINS A SIMULATED WATERMARK." Palmetto State Bank issues bank money orders rather than cashier's checks. Authentic money orders display "BANK MONEY ORDER" inside of a rectangle in the top-center portion. The money orders have an ornate-patterned left border.
Palmyra State Bank, Palmyra, Missouri,


Contact:
Laine Hudson
Telephone: (573) 769-2001
Fax: (573) 769-0142

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-5-2007
January 5, 2007
Counterfeit items display the routing number 081517936, which is assigned to Palmyra State Bank. Counterfeit items display a logo, the bank's name and location, "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems Inc., Englewood, Colorado," and a toll-free telephone number in the top-left corner. At the top-center portion is the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK." Authentic checks display the bank's logo, name, and location in the top-center portion. The checks do not display a street address or telephone number, and Integrated Payment Systems, Inc. is not referenced. The wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" is displayed in the lower-left corner.
Panhandle State Bank,
Sandpoint, ID


Contact:
Michelle C. Martin
Telephone: (208) 736-5066
Fax: (208) 733-8833

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-12-2010
January 28, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 123103606, which is assigned to Panhandle State Bank. The items are green and have the words "ORIGINAL DOCUMENT" printed on the back. The words "Intermountain COMMUNITY BANK" and a logo are top-centered. Authentic checks are blue with a security feature statement along the right border. Authentic items also display remitter, payee and amount as computer-generated.
Paper City Savings Association, Wisconsin Rapids, WI,


Contact:
Tina M. Bartram
Telephone: (715) 422-1814
Fax: (715) 422-1820

Counterfeit Bank Checks


SA-146-2010
December 21, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 71004501, which is assigned to Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. The items are similar to authentic checks; however, they display a security feature statement embedded within a darkened top border and along the bottom between two padlock security icons. Authentic checks display a padlock security icon embedded within the right border.
Paragon National Bank
Memphis, TN

Contact:
Chondrea Black
Telephone: (901) 322-0752
Fax: (901) 333-0752

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-213-2007
August 7, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122000661, which is assigned to Bank of America, N.A., Richmond, Virginia, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security statement embedded within the top border. The bank's name and branch address ("5400 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119") are displayed near the upper- left corner. The bank's name, the words "CASHIER'S CHECK," city, state and zip code appear near the upper-center portion. Two rectangular boxes containing the words "Date" and "Amount" are displayed on the right side.

Authentic checks display the routing number 084008947, which is assigned to Paragon National Bank. The bank's logo, name, post office box address ("P.O Box 2022"), city, state, zip code and a telephone number ("901-273-2900") are displayed in the top center. The words "Cashier's Check" are displayed above "Date" and "Branch" in the upper-right corner. A padlock security icon is displayed on the right side and "REMITTER" appears on the left side.
Parish National Bank
Covington, Louisiana

Contact:
Judy Cazaux
Telephone: (985) 898-5458

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-76-2005
July 1, 2005
The OCC Alert stated that counterfeit items usually list the remitter as either Arex Brown or Apex Brown and bear the signature of Patti Nelson. The counterfeit items appear to be a reproduction of an actual cashier's check and are blue and white in color. The checks do not have MICR ink numbers or watermarks. All of the counterfeit checks have six-digit numbers beginning with "431." Authentic cashier's checks are blue and white in color and bear the logo of Parish National Bank in the upper-center portion of the check. The words "Cashier's Check" appear in the upper-right corner of the check.
Parish National Bank
Covington, LA

Contact:
Judy Cazaux
(985) 898-5458
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


OCC: ALERT 2005-11
June 23, 2005
The counterfeit checks may be identified by the following: The checks usually list the remitter as either Arex Brown or Apex Brown and bear the signature of Patti Nelson. They appear to be a color copy reproduction of an actual cashier's check and are blue and white in color. The checks do not have MICR ink numbers or watermarks. All of the counterfeit checks have six-digit numbers beginning with 431.
Park Cities Bank
Dallas, Texas
Contact: Mr. Gary Flemmons
Telephone: (214) 584-2406
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 111024386.
Park National Bank, Security National Bank branch
Newark, OH
Contact: Jullene Barnes
Telephone: (740) 322-6836
Counterfeit Official Checks
Alert 2014-19
April 18, 2014
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit official checks using a correct routing number of 044101305 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a secret shopper scam. The counterfeit checks do not resemble the bank's authentic checks. Counterfeit items may be identified by several traits:
  • The checks are green in color.
  • A padlock security icon and the words "Security Features Included. Details on Back" appear along the bottom border of the check.
  • The following security statement appears in the top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER."
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $1,996 and contain a remitter name of Fowler Grillo. Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks is purportedly from Christopher Green, Head of Recruitment, MS Recruitment, (860) 469-2142. The correspondence explains that the recipient is to use the majority of the funds to purchase an international money transfer. Details of the transfer are to be sent via e-mail to Christopher Green at [mssagency101@gmail.com].
Park National Bank
Newark, OH
Contact: Megan Egan
Telephone: (740) 349-3925
Fax: (740) 349-7916
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Alert 2012-2
February 3, 2012
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 044101305 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam. Counterfeit items closely resemble the authentic checks but may be identified by the following: the bank name printed on the face of the check appears as "Fairfield National Bank (Division of the Park National Bank)." The items include an "Issued By" section in the top-right portion, which reads as follows: "Fairfield National Bank, Division of The Park National Bank, P.O. Box 607, 143 West Main Street, Lancaster, OH 43130." Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $3,875 and contain a remitter's name of Meridian Financial Group.

Correspondence accompanying these checks contains the letterhead of "Meridian Financial Group, 37 King Street, W Toronto, ON M5C 1E9 Canada, Tel: 1-416-831-6779, Intl: 011447024081557." The letter informs the recipient that he or she has been chosen as a winner in a Shopper's Sweepstake Lottery. The letter further states that the enclosed check is to cover applicable government taxes, which is to be paid directly to the tax agent. Recipients are directed to contact Claim Agent George Nelson at (416) 831-6779 within 10 business days.
Parkvale Savings Bank (known as Parkvale Bank),
Monroeville, PA
Contact: Margaret L. Ocepek
Telephone: (412) 373-4821
Fax: (412) 856-7104
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-172-2007
July 2, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 243073852, which is assigned to Parkvale Savings Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic treasurer's checks. The counterfeit items have ornate borders on three sides. They items also display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" inside a rectangle with rounded corners centered within the top border. The following security statement appears on each side of the rectangle: "HOLD THIS DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." The bank's name and address appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name is repeated above the signature line. A "MEMO" line is printed in the lower-left corner.

Parkvale Savings Bank issues treasurer's checks, rather than cashier's checks. Authentic checks display "TREASURER'S CHECK" in the top right. "Parkvale Bank" and "ALIQUIPPA OFFICE" appear in the top-left corner. "MONROEVILLE, PA" is printed below the dollar amount line.
Parkway Bank and Trust Company
Harwood Heights, Illinois

Contact:
Vicki Peloquin
Telephone: (708) 867-2660

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-60-2004
August 30, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 071908160 for Parkway Bank and Trust Company. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks are printed on gray paper with a scroll border and a silver seal reading "ORIGINAL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT" at the top in the center of the check. The counterfeit items are printed on either white or light blue paper and have no scroll border. The counterfeit items do not include the Parkway Bank "P" logo to the immediate left of the bank name.
Partners Trust Bank
Utica, NY

Contact:
Thomas J. Lamphere
Telephone: (607) 779-3530
Fax: (607) 779-2438

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-91-2007
April 9, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a Canadian sweepstakes and/or lottery scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 051900353, which is assigned to Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T), Charleston, West Virginia. Partners Trust Bank issues official bank checks through a BB&T account. The counterfeit items have security feature descriptions embedded in the top border and "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed near the top center. The bank's logo, name, street address, city (misspelled "UTCA"), state and zip code appear in the upper-left corner. The signature area in the lower-right corner contains watermarks of a knight and the wording "FINGERPRINT CHECK." Beneath the signature line, the wording "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT AND FINGERPRINT CHEQUE WORDING" is displayed.

Partners Trust Bank, Utica, New York, does not issue cashier's checks. Authentic checks display "OFFICIAL BANK CHECK" centered near the top, and security feature descriptions are printed below the top border. Displayed on three lines in the lower-left corner is: "PAYABLE THROUGH BB&T, CHARLESTON, WV." The bank's logo, name, street address, city, state and zip code appear in the upper-left corner. Near the lower-right corner, above two micro-print signature lines, is the statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED ON AMOUNTS OVER $10,000." Beneath the dollar amount line is the statement "VOID IF NOT CASHED WITHIN 6 MONTHS."
PathFinder Bank
Oswega, NY

Contact:
Melissa A. Miller
Phone: (315) 343-0057 ext 8001
Fax: (315) 342-9403
E-mail: mamiller@pathfinderbank.com

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-304-2007
December 19, 2007
he counterfeit cashier's checks display the routing number 221370894, which is assigned to PathFinder Bank. PathFinder Bank does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue official checks that display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to U.S. Bank, Saint Paul, Minnesota. PathFinder Bank's authentic official checks are drawn on a MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. account payable through U.S. Bank.

The counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. On the counterfeit items, the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center with an indemnity bond statement centered below. A security feature statement is embedded in the top and bottom borders and a security padlock is displayed in the right border. Printed in the top-left corner are the bank's logo, name and the wording "Payable at Pathfinder Bank, Oswego, NY" and "For Inquires call 1-877-446-3108" (a telephone number not associated with the bank). "REMITTER" appears in the bottom-left corner and "Operator I.D." and "Office AU#" appear on the top-right side. The counterfeit items have one signature line and a "VOID" background when copied.

Authentic official checks display the following security feature statements below the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are in the top-center area. The statement "ISSUED BY: MONEYGRAM PAYMENT SYSTEMS, INC., P.O. BOX 9476, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55480, DRAWEE: US BANK, ST. PAUL, MN" is centered below the written dollar amount line. The bank's logo, name, the words "MEMBER FDIC" and bank address appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name is repeated as "DRAWER" above two signature lines on the right side.
PathFinder Bank
Oswega, NY

Contact:
Melissa A. Miller
Phone: (315) 343-0057 ext 8001
Fax: (315) 342-9403

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-33-2007
January 24, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is a payable-through account at U.S. Bank, Saint Paul, Minnesota, drawn on MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc. Although the counterfeit items are similar to authentic money orders in appearance, the items are printed on green paper, while authentic money orders are printed on blue-green paper. The counterfeit items also display the misspelled word "DOLARS" directly above the "PAY" line, and the reverse side of the counterfeit items has a watermark that reads "MGI." In addition, the routing number on the MICR line is improperly aligned on the counterfeit items, causing the counterfeit items to be rejected during processing.
Patriot Bank,
Houston, TX

Contact:
Shanta Eaden
Telephone: (713) 400-8888
Fax: (713) 400-8889

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-109-2008
May 29, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 113025150, which is assigned to Patriot Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks. However, the following security statement is embedded in a darkened top border with rounded corners: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A BURGUNDY COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICRO PRINTING IN THE BORDER." A security statement also appears along the bottom border between two padlock icons. A toll-free telephone number (866-471-8240) that is not associated with the bank is shown below the bank's logo, name, city and state in the top center. Counterfeit items display the word "VOID" when copied. Authentic cashier's checks are light green and have squared corners. A padlock icon and vertical security statement are centered along the right border.
Patriot Bank Minnesota,
Wyoming, Minnesota

Contact:
Deanna Guetter
Telephone: (651) 785-9320
Fax: (651) 785-9298

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-54-2007
March 2, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 091916899, which is assigned to Patriot Bank Minnesota, but are dissimilar to authentic money orders. The counterfeit items display two branch locations listed by city, state, zip code and telephone number to the right of the bank's name in the top-center portion. The counterfeit items also display "PURCHASED BY" and "PAYABLE TO" on the left side and "MEMORANDUM" in the lower-right corner.

Authentic money orders display four branch locations listed by city, state, zip code and telephone number to the right of the bank's logo and name in the top-center portion. Authentic money orders display the following security statement below the printed amount line: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, AUTHENTIC WATERMARK, AND CHLOROSTAIN PAPER; ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." Authentic money orders also display "REMITTER" and "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" on the left side and three lines noted for "ADDRESS," "CITY & STATE" and "SIGNATURE OF REMITTER" in the lower-right corner.
PBI Bank,
Louisville, KY

Contact:
Kenneth Kidd
Telephone: (270) 524-7283
Fax: (888) 832-9724

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-22-2011
August 2, 2011
The counterfeit items display the routing number 083903894, which is assigned to PBI Bank. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. A security feature statement appears below a double-lined border.

Authentic cashier's checks have a light blue background with visible fibers. A security feature statement is centered in a dark blue top border. The bank's name and "RE:" appear in the top-left corner.
PBI Bank,
Louisville, KY

Contact:
Kenneth Kidd
Telephone: (270) 524-7283
Fax: (270) 524-5629

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-65-2007
March 16, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 022000868, which is assigned to Citibank, N.A., Buffalo, New York. PBI Bank issues official checks through an Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., account at Citibank, N.A. The counterfeit items also display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" inside of a rectangle with rounded corners in the top center. The following security statement is embedded within the top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FACE OF THE DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The following security statements are displayed between two padlock symbols above the bottom border: "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK."

PBI Bank issues official checks that display the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" inside of a rectangle with rounded corners in the top center. Printed on both sides of the rectangle is the following security statement: "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." The official checks have a woven-patterned background and a scroll pattern in the top and side borders. A security padlock symbol appears in the lower-right corner directly below the word "DOLLARS."
Pelham Banking Company
Pelham, GA

Contact:
G. Duane Bentley
Telephone: (229) 294-2341
Fax: (229) 294-2549

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-307-2006
NOvember 16, 2006,
The counterfeit items display the routing number 061202889, which is assigned to Pelham Banking Company. The counterfeit items, which are dissimilar to authentic checks, are blue and display "PELHAM BANK," the bank's address, and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, in the upper-left corner. They also have the following statement embedded within the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." Centered at the top of the counterfeit items are the words "CASHIER'S CHECK."

Authentic checks are green and include the bank's name and logo centered at the top. Authentic checks have the following security statement displayed below the amount line: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICROPRINT SIGNATURE LINE, WATERMARK AND THERMOCHROMIC ICON. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." Additionally, authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner.
Peninsula Bank
Englewood, Florida

Contact:
Ms. Anna Taylor
Telephone: (941) 363-9116
FAX: (941) 363-9117
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-48-2003
August 20, 2003
The counterfeit cashier's checks have the institution's correct routing number of 051900353, and the counterfeit items display a layout similar to the bank's genuine checks.
The phone number of the branch is omitted on the counterfeit checks.
Peninsula Bank of Ishpeming, Ishpeming, MI

Contact:
Joe Havican
Telephone: (906) 485-6333 or (906) 226-4354
Fax: (906) 485-1565 or (906) 228-3939
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-163-2009
September 11, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 091101316, which is assigned to The Peninsula Bank of Ishpeming. The items are red or blue and have ornate top and side borders with "OFFICIAL CHECK" circled in the top center. A "Memo" line appears under "REMITTER" in the top left. A "NOT VALID OVER" restrictive statement appears above the "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" line in the lower-right corner. The Peninsula Bank does not issue official checks; however, it does issue cashier's checks. Authentic checks have a green background with security feature statements embedded in darkened top and bottom borders. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed in the lower-left corner.
Penn Liberty Bank,
Wayne, PA
Contact: David K. Griest
Telephone: (610) 535-4550
Fax: (610) 254-0814
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-71-2008
March 31, 2008
The items are reportedly associated with a mystery shopper scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 031918844, which is assigned to Penn Liberty Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. The counterfeit items display the following security feature statement embedded in the top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The security statement "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" is shown along the bottom border between two padlocks. A shaded triangle, the bank's logo (city skyline in white silhouette on a dark half-circle background), name and street address are in the top-left corner. "Remitter:" appears below the written dollar amount line. The items have a "VOID" background when copied and one signature line.

Authentic official checks are blue with a marbled background and dark blue borders. The following security feature statement is embedded in the top border: "ORIGINAL DOCUMENT PRINTED ON CHEMICAL REACTIVE PAPER WITH MICROPRINTED BORDER." The security statement "THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS HEAT SENSITIVE INK. TOUCH OR PRESS HERE – RED IMAGE DISAPPEARS WITH HEAT" is embedded in the bottom border. A security padlock is shown between vertical security statements along the right border. The bank's name and logo appear as a watermark in the center. The statement "AMOUNTS OF $5,000 OR MORE REQUIRE TWO SIGNATURES" is shown above two signature lines. A heat-sensitive ink security feature is located in the bottom-right corner.
Penn Security Bank & Trust Co.
Scranton, Pennsylvania
Contact: Mr. Richard P. Rossi
Telephone: (570) 346-7741
FAX: (570) 941-0150
(See PNC Bank, Chicago, Illinois)
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
FDIC FIL-144-2002
December 23, 2002
Some items indicate that they are drawn upon Penn Security Bank, while others indicate they are drawn upon PNC Bank, Chicago, Illinois. All of the counterfeit items bear the routing number 031300135 and the account number 00014052.

Additional elements that indicate a potentially counterfeit item include the words "Cashier's Check" at the top versus the bottom quadrant of the item, and the absence of micro encoding of the routing and account number on the check.
Peoples Bank
Clifton, TN

Contact: Jennie Runions
Telephone: (931) 722-3608
Fax: (931) 722-6144
Counterfeit Official Bank Checks


SA-247-2007
Auguat 30, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 064103464, which is assigned to Peoples Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items are pink and have cranberry borders with rounded corners. Embedded within the darkened top border are the following security feature statements: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The words "OFFICIAL BANK CHECK" and "MEMO" are printed in the lower-left corner. The items include the bank's street address ("210 Dexter Woods Blvd., Waynesboro, TN 38485"). Four darkened rectangles contain the words "REFERENCE," "DATE," "CHECK NO.," and "AMOUNT."

Peoples Bank does not issue official bank checks. However, the bank issues cashier's checks. Authentic cashier's checks have a multicolored red background and red borders. The following security feature statement is embedded within the top border: "THIS CHECK CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING SECURITY FEATURES: MULTI-COLOR PRINTING ON FACE, WATERMARK IN PAPER, AND MICROPRINTING ON BORDER." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are printed vertically along the left border. Authentic cashier's checks include the bank's post office box address ("P.O. Box 718, Waynesboro, TN 38485") and telephone number ("(931) 722-3608"). The word "REMITTER" is printed in the lower-left corner.
Peoples Bank
Lynden, WA

Contact: Deposit Operations Department
Telephone: (360) 354-7249
Fax: (360) 354-7242
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-173-2009
October 1, 2009
Peoples Bank does not issue official checks; however, it does issue cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the routing number 122042205, which is assigned to Preferred Bank, Los Angeles, California. Peoples Bank issues cashier's checks through a payable through account held at Preferred Bank. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are in the top center. A written amount line appears in the center of the items. A security feature statement appears in the lower-right corner under the "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" line. Authentic checks display a security feature statement just below the top border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are in the top center. The abbreviation "RE:" appears under the wording "Pay to the Order of." A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" statement appears in the lower-left corner.
Peoples Bank
Lynden, Washington

Contact: Ms. Melinda Kaeming
Telephone: (360) 354-7275
Fax: (360) 354-7267
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-60-2003
October 1, 2003
Checks payable through Preferred Bank, Los Angeles, California, are also in circulation. These instruments include Preferred Bank's routing number: 122042205. The items are similar in layout to the bank's genuine checks, but they have a ticker border, use different fonts, and do not identify the check as being "payable through."
People's Bank
Newton, SC

Contact:
Peoples Bank
Telephone: (800) 948-7195
Fax: (828) 466-5047

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-151-2009
August 31, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to Boston Safe Deposit & Trust, Boston, Massachusetts. Peoples Bank, Newton, North Carolina, issues cashier's checks using a payable through account at Boston Safe Deposit & Trust. The items have a single border line with a "WARNING" security feature statement in the top center. A padlock icon appears along the right border. The word "MEMO" appears in the lower-left corner and one authorized signature line appears in the lower-right corner. Authentic checks are yellow with an ornate border with the security feature statement "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." A heat sensor appears below the check number in the upper-right corner. There are two signature lines in the bottom-right corner.
People's Bank
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Contact:
Kim L. Syrop
Telephone: (203) 338-7833
Fax: (203) 338-5099

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-63-2006
March 17, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 221172186, which is assigned to People's Bank, and are similar to authentic cashier's checks in appearance. The counterfeit items are printed on mottled beige and yellow paper; the top and bottom borders are gray. Authentic cashier's checks are printed on paper with a dark and light gray marbled background; the top and bottom borders are dark gray.
People's Bank
Bridgeport, Connecticut

Contact:
Kim L. Syrop
Telephone: (203) 338-7833

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-48-2004
July 30, 2004
The authentic and counterfeit checks are very similar with the exception of a few details. People's Bank authentic cashier's checks have the bank's name in the upper left corner of the check. The counterfeit cashier's checks also have the name in the upper left corner of the check; however, the font is smaller on the counterfeit checks. The counterfeit items use a simple five-point star before and after the name of the payee and in the amount, while the authentic cashier's checks use a more elaborate star symbol. Also, the authentic cashier's checks are grey in color; the counterfeit items are beige/tan in color. The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 221172186 for People's Bank.
Peoples Bank & Trust Company
Manchester, TN

Contact:
Vicky Logan
Telephone: (931) 728-3381
Fax: (931) 728-3255

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-154-2007
June 20, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with letters from 1st Capital Financial Services, Ontario, Canada, regarding a fraudulent sweepstakes claim. The counterfeit items display the routing number 107004491, which is assigned to Peoples Bank, Louisburg, Kansas, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the following security statement embedded within the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER." The statement "THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK- HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW" is embedded within the bottom border. The bank's logo and name are printed in the upper-left corner, and an indemnity bond statement is printed in the lower-left corner. The items also have a "VOID" background when copied and a padlock key icon in the right border.

Authentic checks display the routing number 064102384, which is assigned to Peoples Bank & Trust Company, Manchester, Tennessee. In the top-center portion of the checks, the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are centered inside a rectangle with arrow heads at each end. A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" is printed in the upper-left corner. The bank's logo, name, and address are displayed in the lower-left corner. "COUNTERSIGNED SIG. (REQUIRED FOR OVER $5,000)" is displayed above two signature lines. A padlock key icon is displayed to the right of the written dollar amount line.
Peoples Bank & Trust
Manchester, TN

Contact:
Vicky L. Inzer
Telephone: (931) 728-3381
Fax: (931) 728-3255

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-202-2009
December 10, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 064102384, which is assigned Peoples Bank & Trust Company, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded within a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are shown in a darkened box in the top-center area. The check date, number and amount appear on the right side in a box. Authentic checks have ornate borders and display a "REMITTER" line above the payee line. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in a white box with arrows on either side of the box. A line for the "DATE" appears on the right side of the checks. A line for the written amount is displayed with a padlock security icon following the word "DOLLARS."
Peoples Bank & Trust
Buford, Georgia

Contact:
Wanda Brown
Telephone: (678) 714-4444
Fax: (770)614-2292

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-135-2005
October 7, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 061103153, which is assigned to Peoples Bank & Trust, Buford, Georgia. The counterfeit items are fairly similar to the authentic checks. However, authentic checks have security wording near the top of the check, while counterfeit items do not. The fonts on counterfeit checks, while similar, are different when compared to the font used for the authentic checks.
Peoples Bank & Trust Company,
McPherson, KS

Contact:
Marilyn Friesen
Telephone: (620) 241-2100, extension 102 Fax: (620) 241-5787

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-193-2007
July 16, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a secret shopper's scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 101101581, which is assigned to Peoples Bank and Trust, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded within the top and bottom borders. In the top-left corner, the bank's name appears twice above its location and a toll-free telephone number (1- 888-360-9570), which is not associated with the bank. "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner. "DRAWER: PEOPLES BANK AND TRUST" appears in the top-right corner below "CASHIER'S CHECK." The signature lines are preceded by "PER." The words "Signing Officer" are below each signature line.

Authentic checks display a re-issuance statement above "CASHIER'S CHECK" near the top-right side. The statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" are printed vertically above a security padlock icon displayed within the right border. The bank's name is on two lines ("Peoples" and "Bank and Trust") in the top-left corner. The bank's location and telephone number, which is (620) 241-2100, and "REMITTER" appear to the right of the bank's name. "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $5,000.00" and "BANK OFFICER" appear directly above the signature lines
Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Hazard,
Hazard, KY

Contact:
Mary C. Eversole
Telephone: (606) 487-7167
Fax: (606) 487-9821

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-83-2005
July 14, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 042107424 for Peoples Bank & Trust Company of Hazard. The counterfeit items and authentic checks are similar.
Peoples Bank of East Tennessee,
Madisonville, TN

Contact:
Leonard Blevins
Telephone: (423) 442-7262, extension 8239
Fax: (423) 442-8056

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-31-2010
March 8, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 264271183, which is assigned to Athens Federal Community Bank, Athens, Tennessee. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The words "CASHIERS CHECK" are top-centered. The bank's name and erroneous location ("Vemore, Tennessee") are displayed in the top-left corner. Authentic cashier's checks display the routing number 064208398, which is assigned to Peoples Bank of East Tennessee. They are gray with a speckled background and have a gold foil strip across the top. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are in the lower left corner. The bank's logo, name, slogan, office name and location ("Madisonville, Tennessee") are in the top-center area. A security feature statement is below the written dollar amount line. A security padlock and vertical feature statement are on the right side.
Peoples Bank of Graceville
Graceville, FL

Contact:
Carole Smith
Telephone: (850) 263-3267
Fax: (850) 263-7597

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-263-2004
September 8, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 063209660, which is assigned to Peoples Bank of Graceville. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic checks, but include the following security statement within the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The counterfeit items include the bank's name and mailing address adjacent to a logo in the top-left corner. In the bottom-left corner, the word "REMITTER" is displayed. Authentic cashier's checks include a local telephone number in addition to the bank's logo, name and mailing address in the top-left corner. A line is printed directly above the word "REMITTER" in the bottom-left corner.
Peoples Bank of Louisiana
Amite, LA

Contact:
LaShawn Smith
Telephone: (985) 748-9476
Fax: (985) 748-5278

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-8-2007
January 5, 2007
The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with letters from Sentinel Financial Trust Services, Nassau, Bahamas, and International Processing Center, Nova Scotia, Canada. Counterfeit items display the routing number 065403477, which is assigned to Peoples Bank of Louisiana. Counterfeit items are similar to authentic cashier's checks. However, counterfeit items display a security statement embedded in the top border, whereas authentic checks display a security statement below the dollar amount line.
Peoples Bank of the South
LaFollette, TN

Contact:
Brenda P. Mundy
Telephone: (423) 562-4921
Fax: (423) 566-2383

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-142-2010
December 8, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 064206031, which is assigned to Peoples Bank of the South. The items are similar to authentic official checks; however, they have rounded corners and a security feature statement embedded within a darkened top border. Authentic official checks have ornate borders. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.
Peoples Bank, N.A.,
Marietta, Ohio

Contact:
Susan Hornbeck
Telephone: (740) 374-6117
Fax: (740) 376-2064

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2012-7
February 22, 2012
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 044202505 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with scams targeting law offices.

Counterfeit items closely resemble the bank's authentic cashier's checks but may be identified by the following: The checks do not include the bank's toll-free telephone number of (800) 374-6123; they do, however, include a security statement along the top border of the instrument as well as a heat sensor lock in the bottom-center portion of the check. Items presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts between $100,000 and $500,000. The items also include various remitter names but most commonly Abbott Laboratories, Inc.

Potential victims are initially being contacted by e-mail in a scam to open broker/dealer accounts. Upon the fraudster's refusal to sign an agreement with the law firm, the fraudster has demanded ransom from particular employees of these law offices informing the victim that his or her family member has been kidnapped. As far as all parties are aware, the kidnapping threat has been a scam as well.
Peoples Bank NA,
Marietta, Ohio

Contact:
Teresa Pyles
Telephone: (740) 376-7136
Fax: (740) 376-7112

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-217-2006
August 1, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 044202505, which is assigned to Peoples Bank, National Association. The items are reportedly part of a lottery scam and are mailed from Canada. The counterfeit items are light blue in color with black lettering and include the following security statement at the top: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRITING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The bank's logo and name appear in the top-left portion of the counterfeit items. The following information is located in the top center: "MARIETTA, OHIO 45750, OFFICES IN OH WV & KY." The counterfeit items presented to date have included a remitter name of "Prime Funding," have been payable in the amount of $2,800.00, contain check numbers beginning with "385" or "386," and have been dated either "6/25/06" or "7/3/06."

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items contains the letterhead of "rime rust Corp, 20 York Mills Road, North York, Toronto, ON M2P 2C2, 416-830-6758." This entity represents itself as a third-party processor that helps locate and educate lottery and sweepstakes winners about unclaimed prizes. Recipients are informed of their winning status and are instructed to contact their account manager at the telephone number provided. The letter further states that "the enclosed check should be used for service charges and all applicable fees."
Peoples Bank NA,
Marietta, Ohio

Contact:
Teresa Pyles
Telephone: (740) 376-7136
Fax: (740) 376-7112

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-36-2006
July 17, 2006
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 0442025050 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.

The counterfeit items are light blue in color with black lettering and include the following security statement along the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRITING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The bank logo and name appear in the top-left section of the check, and the following information is located in the top center "MARIETTA, OHIO 45750, OFFICES IN OH WV & KY". Items presented to date have included a remitter name of "Prime Funding," have been payable in the amount of $2,800.00, contain check numbers beginning with "385" or "386," and have been dated either 6/25/06 or 7/3/06.
Peoples Bank NA,
Marietta, Ohio

Contact:
Teresa Pyles
Telephone: (740) 376-7136
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-35-2005
March 30, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 044202505, which is the routing number for Peoples Bank, N.A. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks have small triangles printed to the left end of the lines for date, pay to the order of, and dollar amount. Additionally, authentic instruments display the bank's telephone number in fine print to the right of the bank logo. The counterfeit items do not display the bank's telephone number.
Peoples Bank National Association
Marietta, Ohio

Contact:
Teresa Pyles
Internet: http://www.occ.treas.gov
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-4-2005
March 7, 2005
To date, the checks have listed the remitter to be Frank Russell, and the signature on the checks appears to be that of James White. The counterfeit checks can be identified by certain missing items and other distinctive characteristics. The counterfeit checks do not contain the bank's telephone number; the bank's name and logo are blurry and appear to be copied or scanned; and the back of the checks contain a box listing security feature information. The counterfeit checks are light gray/blue in color, and the check number in the upper right corner is printed in large bold print.

Authentic cashier's checks issued by the bank are light blue in color with the words "Peoples Bank" and "Cashier's Check" printed in a darker blue color. Small triangles are printed to the left end of the lines for "date," "pay to the order of," and "guarantee." The checks do not contain any security feature information on the back of the check. The bank's phone number, 1-800-374-6123, is included by the name and logo. The check number in the upper right corner is normal in size and is not printed in bold.
Peoples Bank of Louisiana
Amite, LA

Contact:
John Ballard
Telephone: (985) 748-9476
Fax: (985) 748-5278

Counterfeit Expense Checks


SA-154-2005
November 3, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 065403477, which is assigned to Peoples Bank of Louisiana, Amite, Louisiana. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks, with a different layout, style and font.
Peoples Bank SB
Munster, IN

Contact:
Michael Shimala
Telephone: (219) 853-7560
Fax: (219) 836-4409

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-34-2011
November 15, 2011
The counterfeit items display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to The Bank of New York Mellon, Everett, Massachusetts. Peoples Bank SB issues its cashier's checks through MoneyGram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, using an account at The Bank of New York Mellon.

The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The word "Remitter" is displayed in the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks are gray and display a security feature statement below the top border. "PAYABLE THROUGH THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON, EVERETT, MA" is displayed in the lower-left corner.
The Peoples Community Bank
Mazomanie, Wisconsin

Contact:
Nancy Maxwell
Telephone: (608) 795-2120
Fax: (608) 588-2311

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-51-2006
March 6, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 075906016, which is assigned to The Peoples Community Bank, and are very similar to authentic personal money orders in style and layout. However, the counterfeit items do not have a micro-print signature line, watermark or thermochromic icon.
Peoples Community National Bank
Bremen, GA

Contact:
Carol Harrington
Telephone: (770) 537-2265
Fax: (678) 821-0355

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-5-2010
April 16, 2010
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 061120880 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a secret shopping scam. The counterfeit checks do not resemble the bank's authentic items and may be identified by the following traits: the instruments are unknown in color, include the bank's name and address in the top-left corner followed by a telephone number of 1-888-832-5774, which is not associated with the bank. The top border of the item includes the following security statement: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The words "Cashier's Check" and the date are located in the top-center area, and the words "Authorized Signature" are typed below the signature line at the bottom of the check.

Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4970 and contain a remitter name of Customer Service Inspection Group. Because of possible variations between the appearance of the bank's authentic items and the counterfeit items associated with the scam, officials of Peoples Community National Bank suggest they be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's cashier's checks if received from an unknown entity.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks may contain the letterhead of "Customer Service Inspection Group, 2255 Cumberland Pkwy., Atlanta, GA 30339, Phone: 778-223-8700." The correspondence references an earlier telephone interview and informs the recipient that he or she has been selected to represent the company as a secret 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 the coordinator at 1-778-223-8700 for detailed instructions.
Peoples National Bank
Hallstead, PA

Contact:
OCC
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2006-23
May 9, 2006
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name but using the routing number of PNC Bank, NJ, 031207607, are being presented nationwide for payment in connection with a lottery scam.
Peoples National Bank
Hallstead, Pennsylvania

Contact:
Dawn Price
Telephone: (570) 879-2175
Fax: (570) 879-5113

Counterfeit Money Orders and Cashier's Checks


SA-7-2007
February 7, 2007
Counterfeit money orders and cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number 031311807 are being presented nationwide for payment in connection with an Internet purchase overpayment scam. Neither the counterfeit money orders nor the counterfeit cashier's checks resemble authentic items.

The counterfeit money orders may be identified by the following: a standard check stock of unknown color with a security strip in the top border which states: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The bank name and address appear in the lower-left portion of the instrument. The items do not include the bank's logo nor any security verbiage under the payee line.

The counterfeit cashier's checks have a strong resemblance to the counterfeit money orders and can be identified by the following: a standard check stock, possibly light blue in color with a marbled background. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are located in the upper-left portion of the item followed by a remitter line. The serial number and date are located in the upper-right corner of the check, and the bank name and address appear in the lower-left portion of the instrument. Items may be presented with a remitter name of "KESER MEGAN."

Victims of this overpayment scheme have received the counterfeit items via UPS as payment for merchandise they had personally advertised on CraigsList.com. The counterfeit items are made payable for amounts greater than the sale price of the items being purchased. The con-artist requests the victims to deposit the items into their bank accounts and immediately wire the excess funds to a third party via Western Union.
Peoples National Bank
Hallstead, Pennsylvania

Contact:
Stephen Lawrenson
Telephone: (570) 879-2175
Fax: (570) 879-4372

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-111-2006
April 21, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 031207607, which is assigned to the New Jersey branch of PNC Bank, National Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Cashier's checks issued by Peoples National Bank bear the routing number 031311807. The counterfeit items are reportedly being sent from Canada.

The counterfeit items display the wording "Cashier's Check," using both upper- and lower-case lettering, in the top center. The items also display an actual bank office location in the bottom-left corner. A toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, is displayed in the bottom-left corner. Above the single signature line appears the wording "CHECKS OVER $10,000.00 MUST HAVE 2 SIGNATURES."

Authentic cashier's checks display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK," using all capital lettering, in the top center. The checks also display a bank logo consisting of the bank's initials with the bank name and mailing address to the right of the logo. A telephone number is not displayed on authentic checks.
Peoples National Bank, N.A.
Mt. Vernon, IL

Contact:
Nancy Hannebaum,
Fax: (618) 489-6031

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-4-2009
March 18, 2009
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 081206807 are currently in circulation and being presented for payment in connection with a lottery scam, mystery shopper scam, and other payment scams. The counterfeit checks strongly resemble the authentic items; however, they do not contain a watermark. Items presented to date have been made payable most frequently in amounts between $2,500 and $5,000, and the memo line may show the name of Brian Shadowens. In addition, a shipment of such checks was intercepted by security officers at the Los Angeles International Airport. The checks were undated and contained a payable amount of $3,650. The possibility exists that similar items may have passed into circulation.
Peoples National Bank
Hallstead, PA

Contact:
Dawn Price
Telephone: (570) 879-2175
Fax: (570) 879-5113

Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-52-2007
February 27, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 031311807, which is assigned to Peoples National Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic money orders. The following statement is embedded within the top border of the counterfeit items: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The words "Money Order" and "Branch" appear near the top-left corner. The bank's name and a mailing address are printed in the lower-left corner.

Authentic money orders contain the following statement embedded within the top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A TWO-TONED COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER-THE REVERSE SIDE FEATURES ARTIFICAL WATERMARKS." The bank's logo and mailing address are printed in the top-left corner. The words "Money Order," "Date," and "Branch" are listed vertically in the top-right portion. Above the lower-right corner are two lines, with "SIGNATURE OF REMITTER" appearing below the top line and "ADDRESS" appearing to the left of the bottom line.
Peoples National Bank of Kewanee
Kewanee, IL

Contact:
David M. Sherrard
Telephone: (309) 853-3333 ext. 132
Fax: (309) 853-1708

Counterfeit Money Orders


Alert 2012-13
June 26, 2012
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit money orders issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 071102487 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various telephone and Internet purchase scams.

Counterfeit money orders do not resemble the bank's authentic money orders and may be identified by the following: Counterfeit items are white in color with a blue border and contain the following security statement in the top border of the item: "WARNING: THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES IN THE PAPER." The bank's name and address appear in the top-right corner, the words "Personal Money Order" appear in the top-left corner, and a memo line is located in the lower-left portion of the money order.
Peoples State Bank
Lake City, FL

Contact:
Cynthia Schwab
Phone: (386) 487-1357
Fax: (386) 754-0919

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-131-2008
June 19, 2008
The items are reportedly associated with a sweepstakes award scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 063114425, which is assigned to Peoples State Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. They are pink and blue in color. The following security feature statement is embedded in the top border in blue print: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A RED & BLUE BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are in the top center. A logo, the bank's name, the phrase "Founded 1925," the bank's address and a telephone number ("1-450-675-6532"), which is not associated with the bank, are in the top-left corner. The following security feature statement appears below the signature area: "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING." The back of the counterfeit item has an endorsement area containing a pink knight icon, the wording "FINGERPRINT SECURITY," and a pink heat sensor with the words "PAPER CERTIFIED" at the top and bottom.

Authentic cashier's checks have a scroll top border with a centered elongated foil hologram containing the words "ORIGINAL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT." The bank's logo (the bank's name inside a house), telephone number ("386-754-0002") and address are in the top-center area. The following security feature statement appears below the written dollar amount line: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, WATERMARK AND A THERMOCHROMIC ICON; ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are shown in the lower-left corner. A security padlock icon and statement are shown to the right of "DOLLARS" at the end of the written dollar amount line.
Peoples State Bank
Lake City, FL

Contact:
Cynthia Schwab
Phone: (386) 754-0002
Fax: (386) 754-0919

Counterfeit Personal Money Orders


SA-21-2007
January 8, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 063114425, which is assigned to Peoples State Bank. The counterfeit items are identical to authentic money orders in appearance; however, the counterfeit items are printed on a glossy paper stock similar to magazine paper stock. Authentic items are printed on bank check stock.
Peoples State Bank
Wausau, Wisconsin

Contact:
John Kuester
Telephone: (715) 847-4065

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-46-2004
July 27, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 075911616 for Peoples State Bank. Authentic cashier's checks have the bank name in the upper left corner of the check with the bank's office locations listed across the top of the checks. On the counterfeit cashier's checks, the bank name is slightly different ("The Peoples State Bank") and is located in the lower-left corner of the cashier's checks underneath a symbol of four Ps in a square-box shape. Also, on the counterfeit cashier's checks, to the right of the remitter space, is the incorrect bank name, "The Peoples State Bank," and the name "Jorge Rosario" below the bank name. These counterfeit checks are for the same amount, $5,350.00. They also have the same authentication ID number, Z524RT845996, on the right-hand side of the check. Authentic Peoples State Bank cashier's checks do not have an authentication ID number.
Peoples State Bank
Clyde, Texas

Contact: Mr. Tim Laws
Telephone: (915) 893-4211
FAX: (915) 893-4563
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-46-2003
August 8, 2003
The counterfeit items include the bank's routing number of 111323634.
Although the counterfeit instruments are almost exact duplicates of the genuine checks, the decorative border on the authentic checks has more clarity.
Peoples State Bank
Munising, Michigan
Contact: Ms. Milly Johnson
Telephone: (906) 387-2006 FAX: (906) 387-4209
Counterfeit Money Orders
SA-4-2003
January 30, 2003
Counterfeit money orders issued by the bank are currently in circulation. The counterfeit items appear to be copies of a genuine bank instrument and bear the routing number 091103181. The counterfeit money orders have a watermark, but were not printed with MICR ink.
Peoples State Bank
Many, Louisiana
Contact: Mr. James R. Gandy
Telephone: (318) 256-0979
E-Mail: jgandy@peoplesstate.com
Stolen Bank Money Orders
FDIC FIL-90-2002
August 16, 2002
Twelve hundred money orders were stolen in transit from printer. The missing money orders are numbered as follows: 719579900 through 719579999, 719580500 through 719580799, 719580900 through 719581699 Circulation may be widespread.Money orders are marked "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc, Englewood, Colorado." Verify legitimate items by calling 1-800-223-7520 and follow the guided menu.
Peoples United Bank
Bridgeport, CT
Contact: Tina Gabriel
Telephone: (203) 338-7833
Fax: (203) 338-5099
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-161-2008
August 16, 2002
The counterfeit items display the routing number 221172186, which is assigned to People's United Bank. The items also display a security feature statement embedded in the top border. Authentic cashier's checks display the words "Bridgeport, Connecticut" beneath the bank's name in the top-left corner and a preprinted line for the "Pay To The Order Of" field. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed in an italicized font in the top-right corner.
Perkins State Bank
Williston, Florida

Contact:
Ms. Missy Seay
Telephone: (352) 528-3101
FAX: (352) 528-2721
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-43-2003
July 28, 2003
The counterfeit checks have the institution's correct routing number of 063102783, but they do not use the correct account number.

While the instruments are laid out similarly to the bank's authentic cashier's checks, the fonts are different and the paper is green instead of blue.
Perryton National Bank,
Perryton, TX

Contact:
Dianne Thorpe
Phone: (806) 435-9641
Fax: (806) 435-2756
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-35-2007
June 12, 2007
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 111318584 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam. The counterfeit checks are similar in appearance but may be identified by the following: the instruments are maroon in color, missing the bank's logo, contain a 5-digit serial number, and include the following security statement in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $3,500.00, have been dated 05/20/2007, and contain a remitter name of William Stride. Due to possible variations of appearance, it is suggested that officials of Perryton National Bank be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's cashier's checks if received from an unknown or questionable source.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks may contain the letterhead of "Midwest Random Draw Inc., Unit 125-1960 Amazon Crescent, Madison, OH 44057." The letter alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize and instructs the recipient to contact agent Mr. Richard Jones at 1-778-882-4040 or Ms. Michael Williams at 1-778-552-0298 within the next two weeks to avoid disqualification. Note that both telephone numbers originate out of Canada. The letter further states that the enclosed check is to be used to "cover some of the initial necessary expenses." The letter may be signed by "Allen Jones, President & CEO."
Perryton National Bank,
Perryton, TX

Contact:
Dianne Thorpe
Phone: (806) 435-9641
Fax: (806) 435-2756
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-151-2007
June 7, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111318584, which is assigned to Perryton National Bank. In addition, the following security feature descriptions are embedded within the top border, which has rounded corners: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." Authentic checks display the bank's logo in the top-center area to the left of the bank's name and above the address. The logo depicts four P's positioned at right angles to form a pinwheel shape. The checks have ornate borders with scroll designs in all four corners.
PFF Bank & Trust, Pomona, CA


Contact:
Vincent Galasso
Telephone: (909) 623-6517
Fax: (909) 629-1832

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-161-2005
November 8, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122037171, which is assigned to Integrated Payment Systems, Englewood, Colorado, with the checks issued through Wells Fargo Bank Ltd., Los Angeles, California. PFF Bank & Trust issues official checks via Integrated Payment Systems. The counterfeit items are very similar to authentic checks in style, font and layout. Authentic checks display a pad lock on the lower-right side and disclose the relationship with Integrated Payment Systems in the lower-left corner of the check. The counterfeit items display a "1-800" telephone number on either the front or the back of the check; this telephone number is not associated with the bank.
Pierce Commercial Bank,
Tacoma, Washington,

Contact:
Amy Brickey
Telephone: (253) 471-1500
Fax: (253) 474-3251

Counterfeit Checks


SA-56-2007
March 2, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 125108447, which is assigned to Pierce Commercial Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the bank's name, former street address ("5821 S Sprague Ct, Ste 101"), city, state and zip code in the lower-left corner. The bank's name, city, state, and zip code are repeated below the word "REMITTER" in the upper-left corner. The following security statements are embedded within the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A GRADUATED BACKGROUND DARK TO LIGHT. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. The bank's logo (consisting of the letter "P"), name, street address ("1722 S Union Avenue"), city, state and zip code appear in the top-center portion. The following security statements appear below the printed amount line: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, WATERMARK AND A THERMOCHROMIC ICON. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." Authentic checks have a weave patterned background.
Pike National Bank,
McComb, Mississippi

Contact:
Helen R. Lambert
Telephone: (601) 249-4680
Fax: (601) 684-7133

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-213-2009
December 16, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 065303124, which is assigned to Pike National Bank. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and have a "VOID" background when copied. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. Authentic checks have a padlock and vertical security feature statement embedded in the right border.
Pilgrim Bank
Pittsburg, Texas

Contact:
VaRue Coley
Telephone: (903) 575-2168
Fax: (903) 575-0340

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-26-2005
March 10, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 096016765, which is the routing number for the drawee bank. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are very similar. The authentic items have a bank telephone number printed just below the Main Bank address to the left of the Pilgrim Bank logo. The counterfeit items do not list the telephone number.
Pine River Valley Bank,
Bayfield, CO

Contact:
Sandi Bardwell
Telephone: (970) 884-9583
Fax: (970) 884-0214

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-211-2008
November 17, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 102102916, which is assigned to Pine River Valley Bank. The items also display the bank's logo, name and address in the lower-left corner and the statement "VOID IF OVER US $10,000.00" on the right side. Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's logo, name and address in the top-left corner and the statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED FOR AMOUNTS OVER $5000.00" above two signature lines. A padlock icon and vertical security statement are shown in the right border.
Pinnacle Bank
Lincoln, NE

Contact:
Bradley R Vogel
Phone: (402) 332-2114
Fax: (402) 332-0118

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-219-2007
August 9, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 104913912, which is assigned to Pinnacle Bank. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display the following security feature statement centered within the top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLOR BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" are centered along the bottom border with a padlock icon printed on each side. The bank's logo, name, address, incorrect post office box ("P.O Box 170"), city, state and zip code appear in the top center. The counterfeit items are blue and have a "VOID" background when copied.

Authentic cashier's checks display the following security feature statements below the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS SAFETY PAPER DESIGN, HIGH RESOLUTION BORDERS, WATER MARK, MICRO PRINT SIG LINE, AND THERMOCHROMIC ICON ON BACK. LOOK FOR THESE FEATURES." The statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $1000.00" is below the printed dollar amount line and "AN AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appears above each signature line. A security icon and statement are printed above the word "DOLLARS" on the right side. The checks have ornate borders and are yellow.
Pinnacle Bank - Wyoming
Torrington, Wyoming

Contact:
Bradley R Vogel
Phone: (402) 332-2114
Fax: (402) 332-0118

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-35-2007
February 1, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 102301513, which is assigned to Pinnacle Bank. The items, which are dissimilar to authentic checks, have a light gray background, blue borders, black print, and security feature statements embedded within the top and bottom borders. Printed below the "DOLLARS" line near the lower-right corner is the statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $50,000.00." Additionally, printed below the "REMITTER" line near the upper-left corner is the statement "VOID AFTER 1 YEAR."

Authentic checks are printed on gold paper and have a security feature description printed below the top border. Displayed underneath the "DOLLARS" line near the lower-right corner is the statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $2,000.00." Centered near the bottom is a padlock symbol accompanied by a security statement.
Pinnacle National Bank
Nashville, Tennessee

Contact:
Linda Seiber
Telephone: (615) 744-3288
Fax: (615) 744-3292
E-mail: linda.seiber@pnfp.com

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-100-2006
April 13, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 064008637, which is assigned to Pinnacle National Bank, and are similar to authentic checks in style and layout. However, the counterfeit items are not printed on safeguard paper.
Pinnacle National Bank
Nashville, TN

Contact:
OCC
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks and Fraudulent Lottery - and Loan-related Correspondence


Alert 2006-17
April 4, 2006
The above-named bank has reported two separate types of fraudulent activity involving the name of Pinnacle National Bank.
Pinnacle Bank of South Carolina
Greenville, SC

Contact:
Tommy Warren
Telephone: (864) 233-7896
Fax: (864) 242-2440

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-42-2010
May 3, 2010
Pinnacle Bank of South Carolina does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue official checks. The counterfeit items display the routing number 053208150, which is assigned to Pinnacle Bank of South Carolina. The items have a security feature statement embedded within a darkened top border and along the bottom between two padlock icons. The words "Cashier's Check" and the date are in the top center. The bank's logo, name, location and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, are displayed in the top-left corner.

Authentic official checks display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc. Pinnacle Bank issues official checks through Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, payable through Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company. Authentic checks have a security feature statement printed directly below the top border. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are in the top center. The bank's name, logo, and "ISSUED BY" and "DRAWEE" statements are displayed in the lower-left corner.
Pioneer Bank
Roswell, New Mexico
Contact: Charlee Merchant
Telephone: (505) 624-5241
FAX: (505) 624-5260
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-92-2007 April 9, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 312270463, which is assigned to Pioneer Bank, and are similar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items are reportedly yellow and display the bank's windmill logo and name in the upper-left corner. Authentic checks have a sky-blue background and a darker-blue top border. The bank's windmill logo, name, city and state appear in the upper-left corner.
Pioneer Bank
Roswell, New Mexico
Contact: Todd Huffaker
Telephone: (505) 624-5200
FAX: (505) 624-5260
Counterfeit Official Checks
SA-134-2006 May 1, 2006
The counterfeit items display an unassigned routing number 102000979. The bank issues cashier's checks, which display the routing number 312270463. The counterfeit items have been linked to a "Work from Home" scam.

The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks in style and format. The counterfeit items display the wording "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the top-center portion of the item. In the top-left corner is a shield logo next to the bank's name, address and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. The counterfeit items contain the following statements on two lines in the upper-right corner: "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Englewood, Colorado" and "JPMORGAN Chase Bank, N.A., Denver, Colorado."

Authentic checks include the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion of the check and display a windmill logo in the top-left corner. The bank's name and location are displayed to the right of the logo. Authentic checks include two signature lines.
Pioneer Bank
Baker City, Oregon
Contact: Mr. Marv Sumner
Telephone: (541) 523-6327
FAX: (541) 523-7736
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-20-2003 April 16, 2003
Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on the bank, are in circulation. The counterfeit cashier's checks bear the bank's routing number of 323270216. The instruments do not have a reflective watermark, but do have a transaction description box, which is not included on authentic checks.
Piscataqua Savings Bank
Portsmouth, NH
Contact: Joan Gile
Telephone: (603) 436-5250 Fax: (603) 436-5540
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-143-2007 June 6, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211474687, which is assigned to Piscataqua Savings Bank. The items include a Manchester, NH, address under the bank's name, both of which are centered below the top border. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is centered above the bottom border. A "NOTICE TO PURCHASER" statement appears in the top-left corner. A "Remitter" line is printed in the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks display the bank's name in the top-left corner and an image of a sailing ship in the center below "PORTSMOUTH, N.H." "TREASURER'S CHECK" is printed above two signature lines near the lower-right corner. A padlock security symbol appears next to the lower signature line; below that line are the following statements: "VOID AFTER 180 DAYS" and "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED IF OVER $5,000.00."
The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank
Pittsfield, Massachusetts

Contact:
John J. Curley
Phone: (413) 447-7304 Fax: (413) 448-2080
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-115-2006
April 21, 2006
The fraudulent items display the routing number 211870142, which is assigned to The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items bear the words "Cashier's Check" in the top-center portion of the item. The bank's name, a branch address and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, are printed in the lower-left corner. A statement describing security features, including reference to a watermark on the reverse side, is printed within the top border. The counterfeit items have a light brown background and a dark brown border.

Authentic checks display a light blue background, a dark blue border and the routing number 011000536, which is assigned to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston. Printed on the lower- left side are the words "FEDERAL HOME LOAN BANK OF BOSTON." Embedded within the bottom border are the instructions: "HOLD AT AN ANGLE TOWARD LIGHT TO VERIFY SAFETY FEATURES ON BACK."
Placer Sierra Bank
Auburn, CA

Contact:
Diana Strade
Telephone: 530 888-1662
Fax: 530 887-5470
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-291-2006
September 29, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 321170020, which is assigned to Placer Sierra Bank, and are similar to authentic cashier's checks. However, the counterfeit items display the word "Remitter" directly beneath the logo on the left side. In addition, the following security statement is embedded within the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." Authentic checks have the following security statement embedded within the top border: "DO NOT CASH UNLESS YOU CAN VERIFY ADVANCED SECURITY FEATURES." In addition, the following security statement is embedded within the bottom border: "AUTHENTICITY INFORMATION ON REVERSE."
Plains State Bank
Plains, TX

Contact:
Larry K. Mason
Telephone: (806) 456-2022 Fax: (806) 456-2052
Counterfeit Money Orders


SA-132-2008
June 20, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111323207, which is assigned to Plains State Bank. The items are dissimilar to authentic money orders. The items have a blue marbled background and a six-digit money order number. The bank's logo, name and an incorrect postal number address, "P.O. BOX 519, PLAINS, TEXAS 79335," are in the lower-left corner. On the reverse side of the item, the words "CHECK PROTECT" are printed in yellow in a diamond pattern. Authentic money orders are made of light blue safety paper and have scroll double-lined borders. The money order number is five-digits. The bank's logo, name and postal address, "P.O. BOX 549, PLAINS, TEXAS 79355," are in the lower-left corner. On the reverse side of the item, a security statement is printed in blue ink and endorsement lines that contain the micro printed words "ORIGINAL DOCUMENT" are shown in white script lettering.
Plantation Federal Bank,
Pawleys Island, SC

Contact:
Sharon Frye
Telephone: (843) 359-4293
Fax: (843) 651-3894
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-45-2009
March 24, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, Boston, Massachusetts. Plantation Federal Bank'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 similar to authentic official checks; however, the counterfeit items display a security statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons. Authentic official checks display a security statement below the top border. A padlock icon and security statement are shown in the lower-right corner above the signature line.
Platte Valley National Bank
Scottsbluff, NE

Contact:
Barb Gorr
Telephone: (308) 635-2073
Fax: (308) 632-7613,
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-15-2007
March 21, 2007
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 104102309 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam. Counterfeit items do not resemble authentic items and may be identified by the following: checks are pink in color and contain the following statement in the top border of the instrument: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW." The instrument contains a circular-shaped logo in the upper-left corner followed by the bank name and address of "126 Center Ave, Scottsbluff, NE 69363." The following statement is contained within the bottom border: "ABSENCE OF PINK U.S. PATENT NUMBERS UNDER SIGNATURE INDICATES CHECK IS FRAUDULENT. PATENT NUMBERS ARE PRINTED WITH HEAT SENSITIVE INK & WILL DISAPPEAR WHEN BLOWING OR RUBBING."

Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $3,700, have been dated 10/27/06, and are missing the words "Cashier's Check." Due to possible variations of appearance, it is suggested that Platte Valley National Bank officials be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's official items if received from an unknown or questionable source.

Correspondence accompanying the checks may contain the letterhead of "Coast Financial Holdings, Inc., World Lottery Association." The letter claims an association to the "International Lotto Corporation" and alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize and should contact the office immediately. The recipient is advised to keep all information confidential and is encouraged to act by a specific date or the winnings will be forfeited. Recipients are to contact Luis Hunter at 1-778-891-5867 (a Canadian telephone number). The correspondence may be signed by "Robert A. Thom, Head Financial coordinator." Note that the "c" in the word "coordinator" appears in lower-case.
Plattsmouth State Bank,
Plattsmouth, NE

Contact:
Scott Frazier
Telephone: (402) 296-2265 or (402) 296-2194
Fax: (402) 296-5164
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-198-2009
December 3, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 104900750, which is assigned to Plattsmouth State Bank. The items are very similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the items have a solid border and display a security feature statement below the top border. Authentic cashier's checks have ornate borders and a "VOID" background when copied or scanned. A security feature statement is embedded in the top and bottom borders.
Plaza Park Bank,
Waite Park, Minnesota

Contact:
Sandy Wehlagerr
Telephone: (320) 257-3302
Fax: (320) 252-0981
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-91-2009
June 17, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 091909178, which is assigned to Plaza Park Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. Authentic cashier's checks display a security statement below the dollar amount line, and a padlock icon and security feature statement is shown within the right border.
Pleasant Hill Bank
Pleasant Hill, MO

Contact:
Jennifer Gentry
Telephone: (816) 540-3104
Fax: (816) 540-3105

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-159-2007
June 20, 2007
The counterfeit items display the routing number 101203256, which is assigned to The Pleasant Hill Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement within the top border. In addition, the statement "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" is centered along the bottom border with a padlock icon on each side.

Authentic checks have an ornate border and are green in color. A security feature statement is displayed directly below the printed dollar amount line. The statement "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDE. DETAILS ON BACK" is vertically printed above a padlock icon and is incorporated within the right border. Branch addresses ("101 South Street Route 7" and "2100 North Street Route 7") and telephone numbers ("816-540-5101" and "816-540-3104") are printed below the bank's name in the top center.
PNC Bank
Chicago, Illinois
See Penn Security Bank & Trust Co.)
Contact: Mr. Richard P. Rossi
Telephone: (570) 346-7741
FAX:(570) 941-0150
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
FDIC FIL-144-2002 December 23, 2002
Some items indicate that they are drawn upon Penn Security Bank, while others indicate they are drawn upon PNC Bank, Chicago, Illinois All of the counterfeit items bear the routing number 031300135 and the account number 00014052.

Additional elements that indicate a potentially counterfeit item include the words "Cashier's Check" at the top versus the bottom quadrant of the item, and the absence of micro encoding of the routing and account number on the check.
Poca Valley Bank, Inc., Walton, West Virginia


Contact:
Debbie Greathouse
Telephone: (304) 577-6699, ext. 127

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-68-2004
September 28, 2004
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 051503145 for The Poca Valley Bank, Inc. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks include the bank's telephone number and the bank's internet Web site address under the bank's name at the top center of the check. The counterfeit items do not include this additional information.
Portage Community Bank, Ravenna, OH


Contact:
Jill Conard
Telephone: (330) 296-8090
Fax: (330) 296-6082

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-129-2008
June 19, 2008
The items are reportedly associated with a secret shopping scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 041215498, which is assigned to Portage Community Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the following security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border with rounded corners: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." Another security statement appears along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are in the top-left corner. The bank's logo, name, city, state and a toll-free telephone number ("1.888.360.9571"), which is not associated with the bank, appear in the top center. The numeric dollar amount is shown in a rectangular box on the right side and "RE" is printed in the lower-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks are burgundy and display the following security statement within the top border: "SECURITY FEATURES ARE INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK." A security padlock is shown in the lower-right corner. The bank's logo name, address and the word "REMITTER" are in the top-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. The statement "VOID AFTER 60 DAYS" is shown above the signature line.
Premier Bank of Jacksonville
Jacksonville, Il
Contact: Sharon Hayes
Telephone: (217) 243-0660
Fax: (217) 245-7057
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-149-2008
August 5, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 081226298, which is assigned to Premier Bank of Jacksonville. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items display a preprinted line above the words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" in the lower-right corner. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.
Premier Bank
Tallahassee, Florida
Contact: Ms. Sandy Knudson
Telephone: (850) 386-4603
FAX: (850) 386-1784
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-26-2003
May 30, 2003
Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on the bank are currently in circulation. The counterfeit checks have the institution's correct routing number of 063114108, and they appear to be quality copies of the bank's genuine checks. One significant difference is that the counterfeit instruments do not include the bank's telephone number under the address.
Premier Service Bank
Riverside, CA
Contact: Margaret Loya
Telephone: (951) 274-2400, extension 227
Fax: (951) 274-2409
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
SA-178-2009
October 5, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 122243240, which is assigned to Premier Service Bank. The items are very similar to authentic checks. However, the counterfeit items have a vertical security statement and padlock icon along the right side.
Premier Valley Bank, Fresno, CA


Contact:
Elayne Mendoza
Telephone: (559) 438-2002
Fax: (559) 256-6458

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-139-2005
October 14, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 121143273, which is assigned to Premier Valley Bank, Fresno, California. The counterfeit items are virtually identical to the authentic checks. Therefore, if you receive a Premier Valley Bank cashier's check, please use the contact information below to verify authenticity of the check.
PremierWest Bank, Medford, OR


Contact:
Jean J. Mickson
Telephone: (541) 282-5185
Fax: (541) 282-5130

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-55-2010
May 13, 2010
The counterfeit items are light brown and display the routing number 123206590, which is assigned to PremierWest Bank. The words "Check No." are displayed in the top-right corner. A heat-sensitive icon appears at the end of the signature line. Authentic checks are light blue. The checks display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and a padlock icon within the right border. The word "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner. A heat-sensitive icon is centered in the lower-center area of the checks.
Presidential Bank, FSB
Bethesda, Maryland

Contact:
Joseph Muir
Telephone: (240) 333-9059 Extension 4411
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-74-2005
July 1, 2005
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 255073345 for Presidential Bank, FSB. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashiers checks are printed on a pink background. The counterfeit items are printed on a blue background and, when photocopied, counterfeit items show the word "VOID" in the background. Also, the logo of Mount Rushmore, in the top left portion of the counterfeit item, is incomplete.
Primebank,
Le Mars, Iowa

Contact:
Douglas L. Van Meeteren
Telephone: (712) 546-4175
FAX: (712) 546-8785

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-158-2006
May 31, 2006
The counterfeit items bear the routing number 073902313, which is assigned to Primebank, Le Mars, Iowa, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the bank's logo, name, and an Annapolis, Maryland, address in the upper-left portion of the item. "FDIC INSURED" is printed in the top-center portion of the item and "CHEQUE NO." appears in the upper-right corner above an "IMPORTANT NOTICE." "Payable thru WF National Bank, South Central Faribault, MN," is printed in the lower-left side on four lines. The counterfeit items are green with descriptions of security features embedded in the top and bottom borders.

Authentic checks display the bank's logo, name, two cities, state, two zip codes and Web address in the top center below the words "ORIGINAL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT." "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks have ornate borders with a padlock symbol and a security feature description embedded along the right border.
PrimeSouth Bank,
Blackshear, GA

Contact:
Vickie R. Vincent
Phone: (912) 283-6685, extension 138
Fax: (912) 490-9992

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-27-2010
March 8, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 061203655, which is assigned to PrimeSouth Bank. The items are very similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons
PrimeSouth Bank,
Tallahasse, AL

Contact:
Melessa T. Rothwein
Phone: (334) 283-6594
Fax: (334) 283-4422

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-205-2006
July 27, 2006
The counterfeit items bear the routing number 062206114, which is assigned to PrimeSouth Bank. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks and display the name "The Peoples Bank" in the top center above "Tallassee, Alabama 36078" and "Member F.D.I.C." Authentic checks display the name "PrimeSouth" above "BANK" and "Member FDIC" in the top center of the item.
Prime Alliance Bank,
Woods Cross, UT

Contact:
Vicki Waters
Phone: (801) 296-2200
Fax: (801) 296-2436

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-69-2009
May 28, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 124303081, which is assigned to Prime Alliance Bank. The items also display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The bank name and light post logo appear in the top-left corner. The bank name is repeated above the authorized signature line but "Alliance" is misspelled as "Aliance." Authentic checks display the following security statement within the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS CHECK HAS A BLUE BACKGROUND WITH A REFLECTIVE METALLIC EAGLE HOLOGRAM." The bank name, double diamond logo, and notice to customer appear in the top-left corner. A double diamond watermark appears in the middle of the check.
Principal Bank
Des Moines, Iowa

Contact:
William J. Hayen
Phone Number: (515) 883-9188
Fax Number: (515) 883-9158

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-4-2006
January 19, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 073922623, which is assigned to Principal Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic items. The counterfeit checks have "Cashier's Check" printed on the top-left side and "Principal Bank" printed in the top center above the misspelled city name and a phone number. The counterfeit items' multicolored check stock is light blue fading to light pink. Authentic items bear the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the upper-left corner next to the bank's triangle logo and name. Also, the bank's hours, Web site address, phone number and address are located on the left side above "PAY TO THE ORDER OF." The word "MEMO" is located directly beneath. Authentic secure check stock is yellow, green, tan, or blue paper.
ProBank,
Tallahassee, FL

Contact:
Sandy Milton
Phone Number: (850) 681-7761, extension 210
Fax: (850) 383-8328

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-1-2010
January 7, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 063116407, which is assigned to ProBank. A security feature statement is embedded in the top and bottom borders. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" (spelled with an apostrophe) are in the top-right corner. The words "Tallahassee, FL" are shown below the bank's name in the top-left corner. Authentic cashier checks are light blue and graduate horizontally to white in the center. A padlock and vertical security feature statement are along the right border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" (spelled without an apostrophe), "Date" and "Branch" are in the top-right corner. The word "REMITTER" is shown below the bank's name in the top-left corner.
Professional Federal Credit Union,
Fort Wayne, IN

Contact:
Debra D. Adkins
Phone Number: (260) 483-0514, extension 6305 Fax: (260) 496-6525

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-212-2008
November 17, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 274973183, which is assigned to Professional Federal Credit Union. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, they display the words "ORIGINAL DOCUMENT" embedded in the top border. Authentic cashier's checks display a telephone number below the name "PROFED" and the credit union's address in the top-left corner.
Progressive Bank, N.A.
Wheeling, WV

Contact:
Patti Rose
Phone Number: (304) 277-1100
Fax: (304) 277-2001,

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-64-2006
November 16, 2006
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 043403224 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with overpayment and lottery schemes. Counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits: The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are located in the top-center portion of the checks with the bank name and address printed in the top-left corner. Note that the street name Warwood is misspelled as Wardwood. A memo line is located in the lower-left portion of the checks, which lack all decorative borders as well as the bank logo. The checks contain the following statement in the top border of the item: "This document has a colored background and microprinting. The reverse side includes an artificial watermark." Items presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts up to $4,000, contain 5-digit serial numbers, and include the word "PAYMENT" in the memo line.

Victims of the overpayment scheme have received these checks via Federal Express as payment for merchandise they had personally advertised. The checks are made payable for amounts greater than the sale price of the items being purchased, and the scammers request the victims to deposit the checks and immediately wire the excess funds to a third party.

Victims of the lottery scheme have received the counterfeit items via US Postal Service. Correspondence accompanying the checks may contain the letterhead of "BCL Corporation, 31 East Seymour Blvd, Camloups, BC V2C 1E2, Tel: 1-647-833-8307; Fax: 1-416-848-9526" and contain a signature of David Williams, Promotions Manager. Recipients are informed of their winning status and are requested to keep their winnings confidential. The letter indicates that the enclosed check is to be used to pay all applicable taxes; however, the check should not be negotiated until the recipient has contacted the claim agent for further instruction.
Prosperan Bank,
Oakdale, MN

Contact:
Jo Ann Steiner
Phone Number: (651) 288-7822
Fax: (651) 288-2350

Counterfeit Accounts Payable Checks


SA-60-2009
May 20, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016985, which is assigned to Prosperan Bank. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic accounts payable checks; however, the items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom between two padlocks. Authentic accounts payable checks have a "VOID" background and computer-generated signature and dollar amounts
Prosperity Bank
St. Augustine, FL

Contact:
Brandon Oborne
Phone: (904) 824-9111, Extension 3022
Fax: (904) 829-0826

Fraudulent Cashier's Checks


SA-265-2006
September 13, 2006
The fraudulent items display the routing number 113122655, which is assigned to Prosperity Bank, El Campo, Texas. The fraudulent items are pink in color and display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion. A circular logo, bank name, address, "MEMBER FDIC" and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, are printed in the upper- left corner. A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" is printed in the lower-left corner, and a statement regarding security features is embedded within the top border. Prosperity Bank, St. Augustine, Florida, does not issue cashier's checks. Prosperity Bank does, however, issue teller checks with a blue background.
Prosperity Bank
El Campo, Texas

Contact:
Michael Harris
Telephone: (979) 543-2200
Fax: (979) 543-1906

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-99-2006
April 13, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 113122655, which is assigned to Prosperity Bank, El Campo, Texas. The counterfeit items also display an address and telephone number in the top-left portion of the item, as follows: "790 Ponce de Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084, 1-866-357-9615." The telephone number is not associated with Prosperity Bank, El Campo, Texas. In addition, the counterfeit items display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center of the item, and display security wording embedded in the top border.

Authentic cashier's checks do not display an address and do not contain security wording embedded in the top border. Authentic cashier's checks display two authorized signature lines, and two signatures are required for amounts that exceed $5,000.
Prosperity Bank
El Campo, TX

Contact:
Michael Harris
Telephone: (979) 543-2200 Fax: (979) 543-1906
Counterfeit Official and Expense Checks


SA-169-2005
November 21, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 113122655, which is assigned to Prosperity Bank, El Campo, Texas. Prosperity Bank issues expense checks, but not official checks. The counterfeit expense checks are similar in font, layout and style to authentic expense checks.
Providence Bank
Rocy Mount, NC

Contact:
Trudy Brinson
Telephone: (252) 443-9477
Fax: (252) 443-9242
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-271-2007
October 3, 2007
The items are reportedly associated with a mystery shopper scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 053112657, which is assigned to Providence Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks and are brown with ornate borders. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded within the top and bottom borders and a security padlock icon in the right border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are printed in the top center. A telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, ("1.866.616.3465") appears below the bank's logo, name and location in the top-left corner. The bank's name is repeated following the word "DRAWER" in the top-right corner. The bank's name is also printed after the word "for" beneath the written dollar amount line. Two signature lines are preceded by the word "PER" on the right side. The words "Signing Officer" are printed beneath each signature line and the word "REMITTER" is below the bottom signature line.

Providence Bank does not issue cashier's check; however, it does issue official checks. Authentic official checks are blue and display "OFFICIAL CHECK" vertically along the left border. The written dollar amount appears inside an elongated octagon. The checks have one signature line with "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" printed beneath it
The Provident Bank
Baltimore, MD

Contact:
Sandra Lewis
Telephone: (410) 277-7222
Fax: (410) 277-2768
Counterfeit Official/Cashier's Checks


SA-133-2007
May 16, 2007
Counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to U.S. Bank, St. Paul, Minnesota. Provident Bank of Maryland issues official checks through a Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., account at U.S. Bank.

There are currently two versions of counterfeit items identified. Both versions have the bank's logo and name printed in the top-left corner. The first version is light blue-green with blue double-lined borders on the top and sides. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed inside a blue rectangular box that is embedded within the top border. The second version is light green with dark-green borders at the top and bottom. "OFFICIAL CHECK" is printed in black below the top border. Descriptions of security features are embedded within the top and bottom borders. Authentic checks are light blue with blue double-lined borders. The bank's name and logo are printed in black in the upper-left corner. "OFFICIAL CHECK" is embedded inside a pale-blue rectangular box that is embedded within the top border.
The Provident Bank
Amesbury, Massachusetts

Contact:
Sean Lydon
Telephone: (978) 834-8556 Fax: (978) 388-5117
Counterfeit Treasurer's Checks


SA-286-2006
September 26, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211374020, which is assigned to The Provident Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic treasurer's checks. The counterfeit items display the following security statement embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." Authentic checks have ornate scroll borders, and the following statement appears below the written dollar amount line: "This document has a multi-color background, a micro-print signature line, and a holographic foil title; absence of these features will indicate a copy."
The Provident Bank
Jersey City, New Jersey

Contact:
John Jansky
Telephone: (201) 915-5451
Fax: (866) 351-7624
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-182-2005
December 7, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to The Provident Bank, and are very similar to authentic official checks in style, font and format. However, the counterfeit items are printed on green check stock, while authentic checks are printed on blue check stock. Displayed on the back of the counterfeit items, but not displayed on authentic official checks, are the following: "To View Watermarks Hold At Angle or Under Black Light," "Knight Fingerprint" and "Fingerprint."
The Provident Bank
Jersey City, New Jersey

Contact:
John Jansky
Telephone: (201) 915-5450
Fax: (201) 915-5349

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks and Money Orders


SA-106-2004
December 22, 2004
The counterfeit items display The Provident Bank's routing number of 221272303; however, the fraudulent instruments are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank cashier's checks and money orders. The counterfeit items display the name of Provident Savings Bank and do not include the bank's trademark name or appropriate address in Jersey City, New Jersey. Authentic items are printed on a blue-green colored background with a black border.
The Provident Community Bank, N.A.
Rock Hill, SC

Contact:
Hollie R. Mitchell
Telephone: (864) 429-1851
Fax: (864) 429-1866

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-190-2008
September 4, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, Boston, Massachusetts. Provident Community Bank, National Association, issues official checks through Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, payable through an account at Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company. The counterfeit items are almost identical to authentic official checks; however, they display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. Authentic official checks display a vertical security statement and padlock icon in the right border. Also, the bank's telephone number is displayed below its name and address in the top-center area.
Provident Savings Bank, F.S.B., Riverside, CA

Contact:
Sandie Lowe
Telephone: (951) 686-6060
Fax: (951) 300-4103

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-23-2009
February 18, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 322270518, which is assigned to Provident Savings Bank, F.S.B. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, a vertical security feature statement is displayed in the right border. Authentic cashier's checks display a security statement embedded within a darkened top border. The words "CASHIERS CHECK" appear in rectangle with rounded corners below the written dollar amount line.
Prudential Bank and Trust, FSB,
Hartford, Connecticut

Contact:
Heather M. Corrado
Telephone: (860) 534-4513
Fax: (860) 534-3595

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-179-2009
October 5, 2009
The counterfeit items display the routing number 011975221, which is assigned to Prudential Bank and Trust, FSB. The items are very similar to authentic cashier's checks. A telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, is displayed below the bank's name and address in the top-left corner. Authentic checks have a security feature statement embedded within a darkened top border.
Putnam Bank (formerly Putnam Savings Bank),
Putnam, CT

Contact:
Phillis Jaeger
Telephone: (860) 928-0545
Fax: (860)-928-3121
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-111-2008
May 30, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211174220, which is assigned to Putnam Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, they have double borders and the following statement centered just below the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK, HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." Authentic checks are light green with black print and display a security padlock icon in the lower-right corner.
Putnam Savings Bank
Putnam, CT

Contact:
Phillis Jaeger
Telephone: (860) 928-6501
Fax: (860)-928-2147
Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-158-2005
November 7, 2005
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211174220, which is assigned to Putnam Savings Bank. Authentic checks are referred to as cashier's checks. Both counterfeit versions are referred to as official checks and they are dissimilar to authentic official checks in style, font and layout. In addition, a "1-800" telephone number appears on one version of the counterfeit checks.
QNB Bank (formerly known as The Quakertown National Bank),
Quakertown, PA

Contact:
Carl P. Kessler

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-75-2008
March 31, 2008
The counterfeit items display the routing number 092005411, which is assigned to First Interstate Bank, Helena, Montana. QNB Bank issues authentic checks through a Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc. account held at First Interstate Bank. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic official checks and have a "VOID" background when copied. The items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are contained in a rectangular box centered below the top border. The numerical dollar amount is also contained in a rectangular box.

Authentic official checks have a weaved-pattern background and ornate borders. The following security feature statement is on three lines in the top-left corner: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are in a rounded rectangle that is incorporated into the top border.
Qchex.com
San Diego, CA

Contact:
FDIC's Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section
550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004
Washington, D.C. 20429

Fraudulent Checks Created Using Qchex.com


SA-82-2005
July 12, 2005
Several financial institutions, retailers and consumers have reported receiving fraudulent checks that were created using an online service called Qchex.com.
Qualstar Credit Union
Bellevue, WA

Contact: Sean Young, Telephone: (425) 460-3875
Fax: (425) 460-3928

Counterfeit Official Checks


SA-94-2010
July 15, 2010
The counterfeit items display the routing number 325081966, which is assigned to Qualstar Credit Union. The items are similar to authentic official checks; however, authentic checks are light brown with darkened top and bottom borders.
Quantum National Bank
Suwaanee, GA

Contact: Ronna Brown, Telephone: (770) 831-2624
Fax: (678) 889-4530

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-37-2006
August 1, 2006
The counterfeit items display the routing number 061104893, which is assigned to Quantum National Bank. The items are reportedly part of a lottery scam. The counterfeit items are light blue in color with multiple-color woven threads throughout and a checkmark-patterned background. The counterfeit items display the bank's logo in blue and red ink in the upper-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center, and a security phrase is located along the top border. The counterfeit items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $3,862.56; include a date of "JUL 12, 2006;" and show the "Purchased by" name as either "C.M.F. Ser." or "C.C.F.T. Service."Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items contains the letterhead of "CONSUMERS CHOICE FINANCIAL TRUST & PAYMENT INC., PRIZE AND AWARD PRESENTATION INTERNATIONAL CLAIM DEPARTMENT, Sweepstakes and Internet Games Payment Verification Centre." The letters notify the recipients of their winning status and explain that the enclosed check was sent as a "prepayment to assist you with expediting the payment of the mandatory surcharge and processing fees." Recipients are instructed to contact the account agent immediately at 1 (866) 856-7036 in order to obtain authorization and further instructions.
Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company
Louisville, GA

Contact: Kelli M. Fulford, Telephone: (706) 731-1410
Fax: (706) 731-5902

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Alert 2012-14
June 26, 2012
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 061103975 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping Internet scam.

The counterfeit items may be identified by the following: Counterfeit items are of unknown color but contain the bank's name and address in the upper-left corner. The following security statement is located in the top border of the item: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A DIAMOND & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BANK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." Items presented to date have been made payable for $1,290.45 and contain a remitter name of Melissa S. Wilson.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks contains the following letterhead: "Global Market Research, 28 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036; Tel-1-800-708-4070 / 416-828-0736 Fax-1-877-414-7735." The correspondence informs the recipient that he or she has been selected for a paid consumer research program and that the funds of the counterfeit check should be utilized for various purchases, with the majority of the funds being sent to a third party via Western Union. Recipients are encouraged to contact a training coordinator at 1-800-708-4070 for clarification. The letter is signed by Joseph Miles, Group Project Director.
Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company
Louisville, GA

Contact: Kelli M. Fulford, Telephone: (706) 731-1410
Fax: (706) 731-5902

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


SA-35-2008
August 1, 2008
Counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 061103975 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with online purchase/rental overpayment scams. Counterfeit items are similar to the authentic checks, but may be identified by the following traits: checks are green in color with a marbled background. The instruments contain a dark-green top border, which includes the following security statement: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The bank's name and logo is located in the lower-left portion of the check and is enclosed in a dark-green box. The bank's Internet address is missing from the check.

Items presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts from $1,500 to $15,500, contain a remitter name of Jacob Perkins, and are signed by either Jennifer V. Pose or Rebecca Kogiel. Due to possible variations in the appearance of the bank's official items and differing scams associated with the counterfeit or fictitious items, officials of Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company suggest they be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's cashier's checks if received from an unknown or questionable source.
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.