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Financial Institution Letters


SPECIAL ALERT

FIL-43-2001
May 15, 2001

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SUBJECT: Fictitious Invoices

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has learned that a number of financial institutions nationwide are receiving fictitious invoices from International Distributors LTD, P.O. Box 3841-1000, San Jose, Costa Rica, for 12 dozen "Ribbon Black NCR encoding MICR-80." The unit price on the invoice is $82.15, for a subtotal of $985.50. With a $12.95 shipping charge, the total on the invoice is $998.75. A copy of one such invoice is attached for your information.

To date, all of the invoices have been identical, including the invoice number 984771. Enclosed with each invoice is a self-addressed stamped envelope for sending the payment. The outside envelope has a U.S. postage stamp and is postmarked San Jose, CA. However, the address on the invoice and the return payment envelope indicates San Jose, Costa Rica.

If you have any information about these invoices, please notify your local U.S. Postal Inspection Service. You may also forward information to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, NW, Room F-6012, Washington, DC 20429.

For your reference, all FDIC Financial Institution Letters published since January of 1995 may be found on the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov under "Newsroom, Events, & FOIA." To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Financial Institution Letters through e-mail, please visit http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/announcements/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
Acting Director

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Distribution: FDIC-Insured Institutions

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC financial institution letters may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (800-276-6003 or (703) 562-2200).

Last Updated 5/15/2001 communications@fdic.gov