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Colonial American Bank, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, 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 a secret shopper scam and are included with correspondence from "Accurate Service Shopping Insite Inc."
The counterfeit items display the routing number 031918996, which is assigned to Colonial American Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display a security feature statement within the top border. In addition, the bank's logo, name (repeated twice), city, state and a telephone number ("1-866-616-3465"), which is not associated with the bank, are displayed in the top-left corner of the counterfeit items. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are located in the top center. The bank's name is repeated as "DRAWER: COLONIAL AMERICAN BANK" in the top-right corner and "for Colonial American Bank" below the printed dollar amount line. The term "USD" is printed below the numerical dollar amount line. Two signature lines are printed on the right side. "REMITTER:" appears below the signature lines.
Authentic checks display the bank's name, logo, address, telephone number and Web site address in the top center. A security padlock icon and vertical security statement appear within the right border. "Cashier's Check," "Date" and "Branch" are located near the top-right corner. One signature line and "REMITTER" appear near the top-left corner.
Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic 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:
Daniel J. Machon, Jr.
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.
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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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