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Northway Bank, Berlin, New Hampshire, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's former name are in circulation.
The counterfeit items display the routing number 011700425, which is assigned to Northway Bank. However, authentic checks are issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Englewood, Colorado, and use the routing number 102000979, which is assigned to JP Morgan Chase Bank, Denver, Colorado. Also, authentic checks are referred to as official checks, while the counterfeit items use the term cashier's checks. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic official checks in format. Authentic checks display the wording official check in the top-center portion of the check; the counterfeit items display the bank's former name in that location. A copy of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review.
The Berlin City Bank
and Pemigewasset National Bank merged effective October 1, 2005. The resulting
bank was named Northway Bank.
Therefore, use caution
when handling any checks bearing the bank's former names issued after
the merger date.
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 email@example.com. Information 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.
reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's
website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2005/index.html. To learn
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