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Metcalf Bank, Overland Park, Kansas, 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 101014733, which is assigned to Metcalf Bank, and have ornate top and side borders. The bank's logo, name, and address are displayed in the lower-left corner. "DRAWER: Empire Bank" appears above the "Authorized Signature" line near the lower-right corner. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed within a rectangular box that has rounded corners. The box is embedded within the top border and has the following security statement printed on both sides: "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK."
Authentic checks display the bank's logo, name, "An Employee-Owned Community Bank," "Member FDIC" and telephone number centered below the top border. A foil security strip appears along the top border, and security feature descriptions are printed below the "Dollars" line. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed above the lower-left corner. A padlock security symbol appears on the right side.
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:
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other counterfeit 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. Questions 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/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
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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: email@example.com).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
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