Home > News & Events > Special Alerts

Special Alerts

August 14, 2007

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name First State Bank of Newcastle, Newcastle, Wyoming, are reportedly in circulation.

First State Bank of Newcastle, Newcastle, Wyoming, 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 102301775, which is assigned to First State Bank of Newcastle, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement within the top and bottom borders. A security padlock icon is embedded within the right border. The bank's name (repeated twice), location and a toll-free telephone number, "(888)-405-4070," which is not associated with the bank, appear in the top-left corner. The words "Cashier's Check" are printed directly below the bank's name. The numerical dollar amount is printed inside a darkened rectangle on the right side, and the bank's name is shown below the rectangle. The words "Authorized Officer" appear below the first signature line, and the word "Countersigned" appears below the second signature line. The word "Remitter" is printed in the lower-left corner. A "VOID" background appears when the counterfeit item is copied.

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's name and logo (a steer's head printed between the words "FIRST" and "STATE" in the bank name), post office box, telephone number, "(307) 746-4411," and location in the top center. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear near the lower-left corner. A security feature statement is displayed below the written dollar amount line. A security padlock icon and statement appear after the word "DOLLARS" at the right end of the written dollar amount line. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURES" are printed above two signatures on the right side. The word "REMITTER" is in the top-left corner. Authentic checks are yellow.

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:

Donna Bombeck
Compliance Officer
First State Bank of Newcastle
P.O. Box 910
Newcastle, Wyoming 82701
Telephone: (307) 746-4411
Fax: (307) 746-2936
E-mail: audit@fsbnewcastle.com

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. 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.

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 8/14/2007 communications@fdic.gov