Each depositor insured to at least $250,000 per insured bank

Home > News & Events > Special Alerts

Special Alerts

December 1, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio, are reportedly in circulation.

Central Bank, Lebanon, Missouri, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the name The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio, and the routing number assigned to Central Bank, Lebanon, Missouri, are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 081502815, which is assigned to Central Bank. Except for having the same routing number, the counterfeit items bear no resemblance to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display "Huntington" centered at the top and directly beneath a hexagon-shaped logo. In the lower-left corner, the items include an issuer and payee in the following order: "ISSUED BY: TRAVELERS EXPRESS COMPANY, INC." and "BOSTON SAFE DEPOSIT & TRUST CO."

Authentic checks display the bank's name and location in the top-center portion. Authentic checks have no reference to The Huntington National Bank, Travelers Express Company, Inc., or to Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Co.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

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

Donita Price
Vice President - Operations
Central Bank
101 West Commercial Street
P.O. Box 31
Lebanon, Missouri 65536
Telephone: (417) 532-2151, extension 259
Fax: (417) 532-2001
E-mail: dprice@central-bank.net

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
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each 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 12/01/2006 communications@fdic.gov