Counterfeit money orders bearing the name Northrim Bank, Anchorage, Alaska, are reportedly in circulation
Voice (907) 261-4693
Fax (907) 261-3388
April 2, 2012
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)SUBJECT: Counterfeit Money Orders Summary: Counterfeit money orders bearing the name Northrim Bank, Anchorage, Alaska, are reportedly in circulation.
Northrim Bank, Anchorage, Alaska, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit money orders bearing the institution's name are in circulation.
The counterfeit items display the routing number 125200934, which is assigned to Northrim Bank. The items are dissimilar to authentic money orders and when copied display a three- column "VOID" background. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks.
Authentic money orders display a three-sided ornate border with open squares in each top corner and solid circles in each lower corner. A security feature statement is centered below the top border. The wording "NOT VALID OVER $2,500.00" is printed below the dollar amount line.
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.
Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:
Item Processing Administration Supervisor
3111 C Street
Anchorage Alaska 99503
Telephone: (907) 261-4693
Fax: (907) 261-3388
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 3501 North Fairfax Drive, CH-11034, Arlington, Virginia 22226, or transmitted electronically to email@example.com. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.
For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2012/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
Sandra L. ThompsonDirector
Division of Risk Management Supervision
Attachment (not available electronically)
NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)