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SA-150-2006
May 25, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Fraudulent Cashier's Checks
Summary: Fraudulent cashier's checks bearing the name Northridge Bank are reportedly in circulation.

Several financial institutions have contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that fraudulent cashier's checks bearing the name Northridge Bank and routing numbers assigned to a variety of other financial institutions are in circulation. There are no active federally chartered or state-chartered financial institutions with the name Northridge Bank.

Fraudulent items display one of two logos. One is a logo consisting of a "1" superimposed on a map of the United States, encircled by a globe. The other logo consists of the letters "NB." To the right of either logo, "Northridge Bank" is printed. To date, the fraudulent items have included Austin, Texas, and San Antonio, Texas, as the city and state where Northridge Bank is purported to be located. The fraudulent items display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" printed vertically on the left side of the item and a "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" is displayed in the top-left corner. Copies of fraudulent items are attached for your review.

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.

  Sandra L. Thompson
  Acting Director
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, 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 5/25/2006 communications@fdic.gov