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SA-156-2009
September 4, 2009


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

Shinhan Bank America, New York, New York, 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 026011963, which is assigned to Shinhan Bank America. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The words "Cashier's Check" are top-centered and the bank's name and logo are in the top-left corner. One signature line is displayed in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks display the routing number 026011963 or 122041646. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear directly under the written amount line in the lower-left corner of the check. The bank's logo, name and Web site are top-centered. A "REMITTER" line appears in the top-left corner. Two signature lines are displayed in the lower-right corner, along with the restrictive statement, "2 SIGNATURES REQUIRED FOR AMOUNT OVER $50,000."

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:

Soun Young Kim
Vice President
Shinhan Bank America
3000 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90006
Telephone: (213) 215-3070
Fax: (213) 386-7208
E-mail: operationsupport@shbamerica.com

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. 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/2009/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
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 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: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)




Last Updated 4/13/2010 communications@fdic.gov