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July 9, 2003

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks drawn on California Bank & Trust, San Diego, California, are in circulation.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has learned that counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on the Long Beach, California, branch of California Bank & Trust, San Diego, California, are currently in circulation. The counterfeit instruments include the bank's routing number of 122232109. While the counterfeit instruments are laid out similarly to the bank's authentic cashier's checks, the print type and font size are different. An example of a counterfeit instrument and a copy of an authentic cashier's check (void) are attached for your review.

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

Mr. Clayton Manning
Security Officer
California Bank & Trust
16041 Golden West Blvd.
Huntington Beach, California 92647
Telephone: (714) 861-7644
FAX: (714) 861-7676

Information about this financial institution or these instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, NW, Room F-4040, Washington, DC 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2003/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts, Financial Institution Letters and other announcements through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/news/news/announcements/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski

Attachment (not available electronically)

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (1-877-275-3342, option 5, or (703) 562-2200).

Last Updated 07/09/2003 communications@fdic.gov