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Bank of the San Juans, Durango, Colorado, 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 102106569, which is assigned to Bank of the San Juans. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and have ornate top and side borders and a basket-weaved background. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear inside a rectangle that is centered and embedded in the top border. A white thumb print area with "RUB HERE" printed twice is displayed in the top-right corner. An unassociated logo and the bank's name (missing "OF" between "BANK" and "THE") and address are in the lower-left corner. The statement "Two Signatures Required For Over $5,000.00" is printed above two signature lines in the lower-right corner. Items also have a security padlock and statement on the right side.
Authentic checks display a security feature statement embedded within a darkened top border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear near the lower-left corner. The bank's logo (the bank name with "OF" and "THE" underlined), name, address, and telephone number appear in the top-left corner. "NOT VALID AFTER 12 MONTHS FROM DATE OF ISSUE" and "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear above two signature lines in the lower-right corner. "Two Signatures Required For Over $1,000.00" is printed beneath the lower signature line.
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:
John N. Stolfa
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. 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.
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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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