Home > News & Events > Special Alerts

Special Alerts

June 19, 2008

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

The Bank of Glen Burnie, Glen Burnie, Maryland, 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 055003133, which is assigned to The Bank of Glen Burnie. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The following security feature statement is embedded in a dark blue top border with rounded corners: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." A security statement is also shown along the bottom border between two padlocks. The bank's logo, name, and the statements "Payable Through Bank of Glen Burnie, Glen Burnie, MD" and "For Inquires call (888) 862-6494" are shown in the top-left corner. Note that the telephone number shown is not actually associated with the bank. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and an indemnity bond statement are in the top center. The counterfeit items have two signature lines with "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" printed below the first line and "COUNTERSIGNED" printed below the second. The word "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner and a "VOID" background is displayed when copied.

Authentic cashier's checks are pink and graduate to light green. A dark spiral strip is shown across the top. A box containing the following security feature statement is centered in the lower portion: "The security features on this document include: a colored background, micro-print signature line, and a high resolution border: absence of these features will indicate a copy. If copied the word "Void" may also appear across face of document." The bank's logo, branch office location, name and location are shown in the lower-left corner. The word "REMITTER" is in the top-left corner and there is only one 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:

Joyce Ohmer
Senior Vice President
The Bank of Glen Burnie
106 Padfield Boulevard
Glen Burnie, Maryland 21061
Telephone: (410) 787-8566
Fax: (410) 787-8580
E-mail: jaohmer@bogb.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. 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/2008/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 6/19/2008 communications@fdic.gov