Bulletin: SLS00311

Date:
August 29, 2006
To:
All Issuing Offices
RE:
FDIC Special Alert Notices - SA-231-2006 through SA-240-2006
 Dear Associates:

This Bulletin is to advise you, in accordance with Stewart Information Services Corporation's (“SISCO”) Anti-Fraud Plan, that the FDIC has issued the above-referenced Special Alert Notices. In order to view these and other Special Alert Notices issued by the FDIC, please refer to the website address listed below:

http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/index.html

If you suspect an attempt to defraud or a fraud should ever be perpetrated against any SISCO Family Underwriter and/or its agents, please report the activity immediately to:

Patty Hoesl
Claims & Litigation Paralegal
Stewart Legal Services
Stewart Title Guaranty Company
1980 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 710
Houston, Texas 77056
(800) 729-1902
(713) 629-2248 FAX
phoesl@stewart.com EMAIL

For on-line viewing of this bulletin, log onto http://specialalerts.stewart.com/

THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

SA-231-2006
August 18, 2006

 

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Greater Buffalo are reportedly in circulation.

The Bank of Castile, Castile, New York, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's routing number are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 022306818, which is assigned to The Bank of Castile. The counterfeit items also display "Greater Buffalo" directly to the left of a buffalo logo in the top-left corner and have a "Memo" line in the lower-left corner. The statement "VOID AFTER 90 DAYS OF ISSUANCE" is displayed above the signature line and security wording is included across the top border.

Authentic cashier's checks display "THE BANK OF CASTILE, A Tompkins Community Bank" in the top center and a "REMITTER" line is included on the left side. Additionally, authentic checks do not include security wording, but have a padlock symbol embedded within the right border.

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:

Lisa Townes
Security Officer
The Bank of Castile
90 Main Street
Batavia, New York 14020

Telephone: (585) 345-6132
Fax: (585) 345-0497
E-mail: lisatownes@bankofcastile.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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. Thompson

 

Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

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: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

SA-232-2006
August 18, 2006

 

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Money Orders

Summary:

Counterfeit money orders bearing the name Apple Bank for Savings, New York, New York, are reportedly in circulation.

Apple Bank for Savings, Manhasset, New York, 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 appropriate routing number 102000979, which is assigned to JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. Apple Bank for Savings issues money orders through Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Englewood, Colorado, payable through JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic money orders. The counterfeit items display a telephone number, not associated with the bank, in the lower-left corner. The statement "NOT GOOD FOR AMOUNT OVER FIVE THOUSAND DOLLARS" is printed above and on the right side of the "Pay to the Order of" line. That statement is also directly below the "Pay $" area. A small padlock symbol is printed along the right border of the counterfeit items.

Apple Bank for Savings issues two types of authentic money orders. All authentic money orders display the statement "NOT GOOD FOR AMOUNT OVER ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS ($1,000)" centered on the right side. Authentic money orders are light green with a large apple-shaped watermark in the center.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic money order (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items may be modified and that additional variations are possible.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Joseph Zayas
Assistant Treasurer
Assistant Security Officer
122 East 42nd Street 9th Floor
New York, New York 10168
Telephone: (212) 224-6465
Fax: (212) 224-6599
E-mail: JZAYAS@APPLE-BANK.COM

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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. Thompson

 

Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

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: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

 Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

 

SA-233-2006
August 18, 2006

 

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the routing number of Galena State Bank & Trust Co., Galena, Illinois, are reportedly in circulation.

Galena State Bank & Trust Co., Galena, Illinois, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's routing number are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 071108698, which is assigned to Galena State Bank & Trust Co. However, authentic cashier's checks display the routing number 051900353, which is assigned to BB&T, Charleston, West Virginia. Galena State Bank & Trust Co. issues cashier's checks through BB&T.

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

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

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:

Libby Miller
Senior Vice President
Galena State Bank and Trust Co.
971 Gear Street
Galena, Illinois 61036

Telephone: (815) 777-0663
Fax: (815) 777-8944
E-mail: lmiller@galenastate.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents, and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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. Thompson

 

Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

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: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

SA-234-2006
August 22, 2006

 

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks Bearing the Name North Laredo Bank, Laredo, Texas, are Reportedly in Circulation

Kent County State Bank, Jayton, Texas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the name North Laredo Bank and
the routing number assigned to Kent County State Bank are in circulation. The items are
reportedly associated with a nonprofit or charity scam.

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

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

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:

Linda Daniels
Cashier & Senior Vice President
Kent County State Bank
102 Donaho Street
Jayton, Texas, 79528

Telephone: (806) 237-2644
Fax: (806) 237-3068
E-mail: Idaniels@jaytonstatebank.com

or

Fred Bradley
Executive Vice President/Operations Manager
E-mail: fbradley@westtexasbank.com

or

Cindra Gass
Assistant Cashier
E-mail: cgass@westtexasbank.com

Kent County State Bank
4515 Quaker Avenue
Lubbock, Texas 79424

Telephone: (806) 771-4141
Fax: (806) 774-2491

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be
forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W.,
Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov.
Information 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 website at
www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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. Thompson
Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

 

 

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: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

SA-235-2006
August 22, 2006

 

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Fulton Bank, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, are reportedly in circulation.

Fulton Bank, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
(FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The
items are reportedly associated with a charity award scam originating in Seattle, Washington.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 031301422, which is assigned to Fulton Bank. The
items fade in color from blue near the edge to pink in the center, and have a marbled background. The
counterfeit items also have a blue border, with the following statement embedded in the top border:
"THIS CHECK CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING SECURITY FEATURES: MULTI-COLOR PRINTING ON FACE,
WATERMARK IN PAPER, AND MICROPRINTING ON BORDER." The legal amount is printed in blue ink, but
is not imprinted.

Authentic cashier's checks display a cubed pattern background that fades in color from maroon near
the edge to teal in the center. The checks also display the following security statement along the top:
"THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A MULTICOLORED BACKGROUND, MICROPRINT LINES IN THE BORDER, A
TRUE WATERMARK, AND VISIBLE PLUS INVISIBLE FLUORESCENT FIBERS."

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:

Michael Boyd
Corporate Compliance Officer
Fulton Bank
450 Bridgeton Pike
Mantua, New Jersey 08051
Telephone: (856) 415-4114
Fax: (856) 415-1912
E-mail: mboyd@fult.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be
forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-
4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 website at
www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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. Thompson
Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

 

 

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: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

SA-236-2006
August 23, 2006

 

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name The Jackson State Bank & Trust, Jackson, Wyoming, are reportedly in circulation.

The Jackson State Bank & Trust, Jackson, Wyoming, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items display the routing number 102301209, which is assigned to The Jackson State Bank.

The counterfeit items display a buffalo logo in the top-left corner with the bank's name directly below the logo. In addition, the bank's name, location and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, are displayed in the top center of the counterfeit items. The words "DOLLARS," "CENTS," "MO.," "DAY" and "YR." are printed on a line across the center. "AMOUNT" and "DATE" are printed on the following line. The word "REMITTER" is displayed in the bottom-left corner.

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

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:

Lisa Corrigan
Senior Vice President & Cashier
The Jackson State Bank & Trust
P.O. Box 1788
Jackson Hole, Wyoming 83001
Telephone: (307) 739-3750
Fax: (307) 739-9172

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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. Thompson

 

Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

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: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

SA-237-2006
August 23, 2006

 

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name The Farmers State Bank, Quinton, Oklahoma, are reportedly in circulation.

The Farmers State Bank, Quinton, Oklahoma, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in
circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 103104874, which is assigned to The Farmers State
Bank. Embedded in the top border of the items is the following security wording: "THIS DOCUMENT
HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL
WATERMARK." Located in the upper-left corner is an oval "FSB" logo and the bank's name italicized in
solid lettering directly below the logo. The counterfeit items are cream and brown in color.

Authentic cashier's checks display security statements embedded in both the top and bottom borders
and are printed on blue check stock. The circular "FSB" logo is located in the upper-left corner.
Directly below the logo is the bank's name printed in italicized font, each letter having a dark outline and
an unfilled center.

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:

Cheryl Davis
Vice President and Cashier
E-mail: cdavis@crosstel.net

or

Shirley Russell
Compliance Officer
E-mail: srussell@crosstel.net

or

Ginger Blankenship
Deposit Administration Officer
E-mail: gingerb@crosstel.net

The Farmers State Bank
P.O. Box 610
Quinton, Oklahoma 74561

Telephone: (918) 469-3337
Fax: (918) 469-3388

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be
forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-
4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 website at
www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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. Thompson
Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

 

 

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: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

SA-238-2006
August 23, 2006

 

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Official Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit official checks bearing the name N.J.M. Bank, West Trenton, New Jersey, are reportedly in circulation.

N.J.M. Bank, FSB, West Trenton, New Jersey, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the bank's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 12221129, which is not assigned to N.J.M. Bank. The counterfeit items display the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the lower-left portion of the item above a description of indemnity bond coverage. Only one signature line appears in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks display the routing number 031276049. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed in the top-center portion of the check. Two authorized signature lines appear in the lower-right corner.

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:

Diane P. Sengpiel
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Security Officer
NJM Bank, FSB
301 Sullivan Way
West
Trenton, New Jersey 08628

Phone: (609) 538-8729, extension 3701
Fax: (609) 538-8728
E-mail: dsengpiel@njm.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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. Thompson

 

Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

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: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

SA-239-2006
August 23, 2006

 

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Money Orders

Summary:

Counterfeit money orders bearing the name First Commonwealth Bank, Indiana, Pennsylvania, are reportedly in circulation.

First Commonwealth Bank, Indiana, Pennsylvania, 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 043306826, which is assigned to First Commonwealth Bank, and are similar to authentic money orders issued by the bank. The counterfeit items have a sequence number printed in red ink in the top-right corner. The counterfeit items are printed on dark grey paper, and the word "VOID" appears lightly in the background.

Authentic money orders have a sequence number printed in burgundy in the top right-corner. The money orders are printed on light grey paper.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic money order (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items may be modified and that additional variations are possible.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Michael Dovicsak
Security and Fraud Investigator
First Commonwealth Bank
P.O. Box 400

Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701
Phone: (724) 349-1079
Fax: (724) 463-5589
E-Mail: mdovicsak@fcbanking.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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. Thompson

 

Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

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: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

SA-240-2006
August 23, 2006

 

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Central Pacific Bank, Honolulu, Hawaii, are reportedly in circulation.

Central Pacific Bank, Honolulu, Hawaii, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 122042205, which is assigned to Preferred Bank, Los Angeles, California. Central Pacific Bank issues cashier's checks through a payable-through account at Preferred Bank.

On the counterfeit items, the following security wording is embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." "KAHULUI BRANCH" is printed over the logo. A toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, is displayed below the bank's name.

Authentic cashier's checks display the following security statement across the top of the check: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, AND HOLOGRAM. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." In the top portion of the check, below "CASHIER'S CHECK," is a hologram.

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:

Kenneth Fujita
Vice President and Security Officer
Central Pacific Bank
P.O. Box 3590
Honolulu, Hawaii 96811-3590

Telephone: (808) 832-1203
Fax: (808) 832-1204

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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. Thompson

 

Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

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: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
NL000084 Stewart Title Guaranty Company Antifraud Plan
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None