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TriCentury Bank, Simpson, Kansas, 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 101106942, which is assigned to TriCentury Bank. The items also display the bank's logo, name, a branch location, city, state and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, in the upper-left corner. "CASHIER'S CHECK" appears in the top-right corner above the words "DRAWER TRICENTURY BANK." Security feature descriptions are embedded within the top border. Two "Signing Officer" lines are printed in the lower-right corner. "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner.
Authentic checks are pink and display the bank's logo, name, city, state and the words "Since 1894" centered at the top. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed in the lower-left section. One signature line appears in the lower-right corner. "TRICENTURY BANK" is embossed in the dollars amount area.
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:
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other counterfeit 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. 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/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
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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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