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Benchmark Community Bank, Kenbridge, Virginia, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. Benchmark Community Bank does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue official checks.
The counterfeit items display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to The Bank of New York Mellon, Everett, Massachusetts. Benchmark Community Bank issues its money orders through Money Gram Payment Systems, Incorporated, Minneapolis, Minnesota, using an account at The Bank of New York Mellon.
There are two similar versions of the counterfeit items. Both counterfeit items display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center area and the check amount, date and number in the top-right corner. An "ISSUED BY" and "DRAWEE" statement also appears in the top-right corner. The word "Remitter" appears under the payee section in the left side of the items.
Authentic official checks have two single lines as borders on all sides. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are displayed in the top-right corner. An "ISSUED BY" and "DRAWEE" statement is in the top center. Lines for the "NAME OF REMITTER" and the "ADDRESS" appear in the lower-left corner.
Copies of the counterfeit items 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 fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-3054, 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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