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August 26, 2004

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on First Hawaiian Bank, Honolulu, Hawaii, are reportedly in circulation.

First Hawaiian Bank, Honolulu, Hawaii, has reported to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 121100782; however, the fraudulent instruments are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. Authentic cashier's checks display a surfer on the face of the check. The counterfeit items do not display a surfer and have an incorrect address of First Hawaiian Bank, P.O. Box 510, Honolulu, HI 96320 next to the bank logo in the upper-left corner of the check. Authentic cashier's checks display "Payable through Bank of the West, Walnut Creek, CA-"1211" (or "CA") directly below the words "OFFICIAL BANK CHECK" or below the First Hawaiian Bank address, located at the bottom left corner of the check. The counterfeit items do not display any of this wording. The authentic cashier's checks do not include remitter information. The counterfeit items include the words "REMITTER: SAFRON INSURANCE INC" or "REMITTER HANCOCK INSURANCE INC." A copy of two counterfeit items and three authentic cashier's checks (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Ms. Cyndi Hottendorf or Ms. Cindy Fontanilla
Controller's Division - Reconcilement
First Hawaiian Bank
P.O. Box 1959
Honolulu, Hawaii 96805-1959
Telephone: (808) 844-3718
Fax: (808) 844-3699
Information about these instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4040, 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/2004/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks – commercial and savings). Printed copies of the Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (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)

Last Updated 08/26/2004 communications@fdic.gov