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Table Rock Community Bank, Kimberling City, Missouri, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with an Internet-based mystery shopper scam.
The counterfeit items display the routing number 081519248, which is assigned to Table Rock Community Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-right corner, above "DRAWER: TABLE ROCK BANK." Security statements are embedded within the top and bottom borders and a security padlock icon is embedded in the right border. The bank's name appears twice above its location and a toll- free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, in the top-left corner. "Name of Payee" and "REMITTER" appear on the left side, "for Table Rock Bank" appears below the written dollar amount line, and "MDO US DOLLARS" appears to the right of the dollar amount line. Two signature lines are preceded by "PER." "Signing Officer" is printed below the first signature line.
Authentic cashier's checks display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. A security statement appears below the written dollar amount line. The bank's name, P.O. box, city, state and zip code appear in the upper-left corner above a "REMITTER" line. The word "DOLLARS" and a security padlock icon are on the right side of the written dollar amount line. Authentic checks display one signature line and a rectangular box for the amount.
Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.
Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:
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. Questions 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/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
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NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each 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: email@example.com).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
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