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SA-35-2006
February 22, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Trust Company, New York, New York, are reportedly in circulation.

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Trust Company, 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 026009632, which is assigned to Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Trust Company; however, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. "The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Ltd. MTPG" is printed in the upper-left corner and "NEW YORK BRANCH" appears directly beneath the bank name. In addition, the amount is printed in the right-middle section, with no box outlining the check date, number and amount. The counterfeit items are printed on light-blue fading to white colored paper.

Authentic checks bear the words "The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd." on one line in the upper-left corner, with no branch name. In addition, the check date, check number and amount are printed inside of a rectangle on the right side of the check. Authentic checks are printed on light-blue to purple colored security paper.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Mr. Robert Bradshaw
Vice President-Compliance Officer
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020-1104
Phone (212) 782-4148
Fax (212) 782-6420
Email rbradshaw@us.mufg.jp

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. 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.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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
Acting 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 online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks – commercial and savings). Printed copies of the 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 02/22/2006 communications@fdic.gov