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SA-71-2003
November 7, 2003

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks drawn on Cornerstone Community Bank, St. Petersburg, Florida; Cache Bank & Trust, Greeley, Colorado; and HomeStreet Bank, Seattle, Washington, are in circulation.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has been informed by Cornerstone Community Bank, St. Petersburg, Florida, that counterfeit cashier's checks are in circulation. These instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the bank's routing number of 063114564. The counterfeit items closely resemble the bank's genuine cashier's checks. However, the check numbers of the counterfeit items identified to date begin with "89," which is substantially higher than the current number order of the authentic checks. A copy of a genuine cashier's check (void) and a copy of a counterfeit check are attached for your review.

Any information you have about this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Mr. Alan C. Brown
Senior Vice President
Cornerstone Community Bank
6300 4th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33702
Telephone: (727) 526-5678
FAX: (727) 520-8401
Cache Bank & Trust, Greeley, Colorado, has also reported to the FDIC that counterfeit cashier's checks are in circulation. The counterfeit instruments appear to be altered copies of an authentic check, and the bank's routing number of 107006389 is displayed. However, the counterfeit checks do not display the bank's telephone number in the lower left-hand corner of the check beneath the bank logo. A copy of a genuine cashier's check (void) and a copy of a counterfeit check are attached for your review.

Any information you have about this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Mr. Jeffery C. Dove
Executive Vice President
Cache Bank & Trust
4601 West 20th Street
Greeley, Colorado 80631
Telephone: (970) 506-7134
FAX: (970) 351-7878
Further, HomeStreet Bank, Seattle, Washington, has reported to the FDIC that counterfeit cashier's checks are in circulation. The counterfeit checks are being mailed to consumers as sweepstakes winnings. The counterfeit checks display the bank's routing number of 122037171, and the layout closely resembles that of an authentic cashier's check. However, the counterfeit checks have rounded edges and have a remitter line in the bottom left corner. Conversely, authentic checks are straight-edged and have a memo line in the bottom left corner. A copy of a genuine cashier's check (void) and a copy of a counterfeit check are attached for your review.

Any information you have about this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Ms. Annette Mumford
Vice President
HomeStreet Bank
2000 Two Union Square
601 Union Street
Seattle, Washington 98101
Telephone: (206) 389-7786
FAX: (206) 389-7741
Information about these financial institutions or instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, NW, Room F-4040, Washington, DC 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2003/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts, Financial Institution Letters and other announcements through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/news/news/announcements/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
Director

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Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

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Last Updated 11/07/2003 communications@fdic.gov