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Greenfield Co-operative Bank, Greenfield, 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 211870281, which is assigned to Greenfield Co-operative Bank; however, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. On the counterfeit items, "GREENFIELD CO-OP BANK, 144 Main Street, Northfield, MA 01360-1020" is printed in the upper-left corner. In addition, "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed inside a black box in the top center of the item, and "THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES - THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK" is printed across the top of the check within a black border. The counterfeit items include the following statement in the lower-left corner: "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Northfield, MA to Greenfield CO-OP Bank, Northfield, MA for inquiries regarding this instrument phone 1 901-412-1355."
Greenfield Co-operative Bank issues treasurer's checks that bear the words "TREASURER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion of the check. Authentic checks display the bank's logo, name, address and "YOUR LOCALLY OWNED COMMUNITY BANK SINCE 1905" in the top-left corner. The checks are printed on light burgundy paper.
Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic treasurer's check (VOID) are attached for your review.
Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:
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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