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Extraco Banks, N.A., Temple, Texas, has contacted the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Farmers Bank and the routing number assigned to Extraco Banks, N.A. are in circulation. There is not a bank named Farmers Bank in San Antonio, Texas.
The counterfeit items display the routing number 111915576, which was previously assigned to First Waco National Bank, Waco, Texas. Extraco Banks, N.A. acquired First Waco National Bank and the aforementioned routing number is no longer used on authentic cashier's checks, but may be still in use for customer checks.
Counterfeit items display the following statement embedded in the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A BLUE CHECK BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER AND A VOID PANTOGRAPH WITH A BLUE SECURITY STRIP IN CENTER." The wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" appears along the left border of the item and "Farmers Bank, San Antonio, Texas" appears in the center, adjacent to a fictitious logo consisting of a "1" inside an image of the United States encircled by a globe. In the lower-left corner "TO THE ORDER OF" is displayed. The items appear to be prepared using a digital check writer.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
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