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February 8, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Northern Trust Bank of California, National Association, Santa Barbara, California, are reportedly in circulation.

Northern Trust Bank of California, National Association, Santa Barbara, California, has contacted the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 122242173, which is assigned to Northern Trust Bank of California, National Association. Most of the counterfeit items are printed on light-green check stock. Some of the counterfeit items contain a security statement in the top border of the item. The counterfeit items display an anchor logo enclosed in a shaded rectangular box located in the top center of the item.

Authentic cashier's checks are printed on white check stock, with fine-green background lines. The checks have a green border framing the entire check, and the border contains a security watermark. Authentic checks display the bank's logo of an anchor with a rope enclosed in a circle inside a shaded box with rounded corners.

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

Susan Turay
2nd Vice President
Northern Trust Bank of California, National Association
355 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, California 90071
Telephone: (602) 468-2582
Fax: (602) 912-8696

Additional information about this matter that you believe should be brought to the OCC's attention may be forwarded to:

Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency

Enforcement & Compliance Division, MS 8-10
250 E. Street, SW
Washington, DC 20219

Fax: (202) 874-5301
E-mail: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
Internet: http://www.occ.gov

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 Web site 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.

  Christopher J. Spoth
  Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

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Last Updated 02/08/2006 communications@fdic.gov