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Easthampton Savings Bank, Easthampton, Massachusetts, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution 's name are in circulation.
The counterfeit items display the routing number 211870935, which is assigned to Easthampton Savings Bank, but they are dissimilar to the authentic treasurer's checks. The counterfeit items bear a green "ESB" logo, name and branch address in the top center above a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. The words "Cashier's Check" are printed on the lower-left side. The counterfeit items are printed on light blue paper with a herringbone pattern and a solid blue border across the top with the statement: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES – THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."
Authentic treasurer's checks are issued by Travelers Express Company and display the bank's logo, name, city and state in the upper-left-hand corner. "TREASURER'S CHECK" is printed in the top-center border with an ornate blue medallion. Authentic checks are printed on gray paper with green borders on all sides.
Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review.
Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention
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. Information 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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