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SPECIAL ALERT

FIL-125-2002
November 20, 2002

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit checks drawn on Hudson United Bank, Mahwah, New Jersey, are in circulation.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has learned that counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Hudson United Bank, Mahwah, New Jersey, are currently in circulation. The counterfeit items bear the routing number 021201503. In addition, other identifying indications include, but are not limited to, the instrument's high dollar amount, dual signature requirement, and a non-distinctive "basket-weave" background design. Attached for your information is a copy of one of the counterfeit instruments.

Any information you have about this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Ms. Linda L. Brady
Assistant Vice President - Security
Hudson United Bank
1000 Mac Arthur Blvd.
Mahwah, New Jersey 07430
Telephone: (201) 236-2796
                 (800) (Hub-Link)
Information about these instruments also may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, NW, Room F-4040, Washington, DC 20429. Information also may be transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov.

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Michael J. Zamorski
Director

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Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

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