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Citizens National Bank, Cameron, Texas, 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 a fictitious routing number of 044015543 and contain the following security statement in the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A RED & BLUE BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK. HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." The counterfeit items also display a logo of the letters "NB" encircled in a large letter "C." Below the bank's name is the following address: "102 W 18th Street, Cameron, TX 76250." In addition, the following statement appears below the "Authorized Signature" line: "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING."
Authentic cashier's checks contain a designed border with a security lock logo, and a security statement on the right side. The bank's logo of an enlarged letter "C" containing stars and stripes appears to the left of the bank's name in the top-center portion of the cashier's check. The city names of Cameron, Rockdale, Taylor, and Giddings appear below the bank name. The "Notice to Customers" appears in the bottom-left portion of the check and directly above the words "CASHIER'S CHECK."
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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 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.
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Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
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