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The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has learned that counterfeit U.S. Postal Money Orders have been presented for payment at financial institutions.
Authentic U.S. Postal Money Orders have a number of distinguishing features, including:
In addition, authentic U.S. Postal Money Orders are printed on crisp textured paper stock and are in denominations no larger than $1,000. The maximum amount of an international postal money order is $700.
A copy of an authentic money order with the features noted can be downloaded from the Web at http://www.usps.com/missingmoneyorders/security.htm. Click on the 299 PDF link on the Web page.
If your bank is presented with a counterfeit money order in an amount of less than $5,000 that you believe is not part of a larger fraud, you should contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) office that serves your area. If you believe that the money order is part of a large fraud or is in an amount greater than or equal to $5,000, you should file a Suspicious Activity Report and contact the USPIS for your area. Information on the USPIS can be found at http://www.usps.com/ncsc/locators/find-is.html.
Information about these instruments may also 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2005/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
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 or (703) 562-2200).
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