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Financial Institution Letters


SPECIAL ALERT

FIL-12-2002
February 12, 2002

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Bank Checks

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has learned that counterfeit official bank checks drawn on four separate financial institutions are in circulation. Information about the counterfeit items follows.

  • Counterfeit "certified" checks drawn against a nonexistent account at The Warwick Savings Bank, Warwick, New York, are in circulation. The checks are drawn on the account name "National City Mortgage." Attached for your information is a copy of one of the counterfeit items.

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

    Mr. Thomas C. Gargan
    Vice President
    The Warwick Savings Bank
    18 Oakland Avenue
    Warwick, New York 10990
    Telephone: (845) 986-2206 Ext. 2259
  • Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Liberty State Bank, Lebanon, Tennessee, are in circulation. Attached for your information is a copy of one of the counterfeit items.

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

    Mr. Ralph Mallicoat, Jr.
    President
    Liberty State Bank
    Lebanon, Tennessee 37087
    Telephone: (615) 536-5101
  • Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Carolina Bank, Greensboro, North Carolina, are in circulation. The checks have an invalid routing number and invalid account number. Attached for your information is a copy of one of the counterfeit items.

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

    Ms. Sharon Williams
    Assistant Vice President
    Carolina Bank
    2604 Lawndale Drive
    Greensboro, North Carolina 27404
    Telephone: (336) 286-8738
    Fax: (336) 286-8758
  • Counterfeit official checks drawn on The Peoples Bank & Trust Co., Tupelo, Mississippi, are in circulation. The bank telephone number printed on the checks is not a valid number for the bank. The checks also appear to be MICR encoded, but they are not. Attached for your information is a copy of one of the counterfeit items.

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

    Mr. Mike Wells
    The Peoples Bank & Trust Co.
    209 Troy Street
    Tupelo, Mississippi 38801-0209
    Telephone: (662) 680-1474
    Fax: (662) 680-1234

Information about these instruments also may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, NW, Room F-6012, Washington, DC 20429. Information also may be transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov.

For your reference, all FDIC Financial Institution Letters published since January of 1995 may be found on the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov under "News, Events & FOIA." To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Financial Institution Letters through e-mail, please visit http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/announcements/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
Director

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Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC financial institution letters may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (800-276-6003 or (703) 562-2200).

Last Updated 02/13/2002 communications@fdic.gov