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October 13, 2009

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Citibank, N.A., are reportedly in circulation.

Citibank, N.A., Hagatna, Guam, 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 121405034, which is assigned to Citibank, N.A. The items have ornate top and side borders. A security feature statement is displayed along the top border on either side of the words "CASHIERS CHECK." The words "NAME OF REMITTER" and "ADDRESS" appear in the lower-left corner of the items. A thermochromic icon appears in the top-right corner.

Authentic checks display a security feature statement embedded within a darkened top border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear vertically along the left side of the checks. The words "LOAN NO." and "REMITTER" appear in the lower-left corner. The bank's logo is top-centered. The bank's location and the statement "Cleared through the U.S. Federal Reserve" are displayed in the top-left corner.

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:

Ruby De Lima
Check Clearing and Processing Unit
Citibank, N.A.
P.O. Box FF
Hagatna, Guam 96932
Telephone: (671) 475-4138
Fax: (671) 475-4147
E-mail: ruby.delima@citi.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/2009/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 10/13/2009 communications@fdic.gov