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SA-231-2007
August 17, 2007


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

Pacific Global Bank, Chicago, Illinois, 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 071006774, which is assigned to Pacific Global Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items have rounded corners, display a security feature statement within the top border, and have a vertical security padlock icon and statement on the lower-right side. The statement "VOID OVER $2,250.00" is printed above the signature area.

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's logo as the watermark in the center. The checks display a "MEMO" line in the lower-left corner and a printed "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" line in the lower-right corner. The checks have a light green background, dark green borders and green print.

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:

Sylvia M. Chung
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Pacific Global Bank
2323 South Wentworth Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Telephone: (773) 249-3233, extension 327
Fax: (773) 249-3237
E-mail: schung@pacificglobalbank.com

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 8/17/2007 communications@fdic.gov