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The Bank of Kentucky, Inc., Crestview Hills, Kentucky, 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 display the routing number 042102115, which is assigned to The Bank of Kentucky, Inc. The counterfeit items are very similar to one version of the bank's authentic cashier's checks, but markedly dissimilar to a second version of the bank's authentic checks.
The first version of the bank's authentic cashier's checks has ornate borders and is printed on a solid light blue background with dark blue print. A watermark of an enlarged teal-colored pioneer head is displayed in the middle. The security statement "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND - NOT A WHITE BACKGROUND" is centered within the bottom border.
The second version of the bank's authentic cashier's checks is light blue with a marbled background and black print. The bank's pioneer head logo, name and location appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name is repeated above the signature line and "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" is shown below the line.
Copies of a counterfeit item and both versions of authentic checks (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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