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SA-148-2007
June 7, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Territorial Savings Bank, Honolulu, Hawaii, are reportedly in circulation.

Territorial Savings Bank, Honolulu, Hawaii, 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 are reportedly associated with a secret shopper scam.

The counterfeit items display various routing numbers, including 321370707, which is assigned to Territorial Savings Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-left corner. The bank's logo, name and an erroneous street address ("149 Kapioloni Blvd."), city, state and zip code appear in the top-center portion. A rectangular dollar amount box is displayed on the right side. The word "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's logo and name in the upper-left corner. An encircled eagle crest is shown to the right of the bank's name. An inner rectangle with rounded corners and containing "CASHIER'S CHECK" appears in the upper-left corner. The bank's logo appears as a watermark in the center. The bank's name is repeated on the right side above the authorized signature area.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's 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:

Thomas Slover
Vice President, Branch Operations
Territorial Savings Bank
1132 Bishop Street, 22nd Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Telephone: (808) 951-1251
Fax: (808) 951-1235
E-mail: Thomas.slover@territorialsavings.net

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/2007/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
Director
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 6/7/2007 communications@fdic.gov