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March 24, 2009

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name City National Bank, Beverly Hills, California, are reportedly in circulation.

City National Bank, Beverly Hills, California, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

There are two versions of the counterfeit checks.

The first version displays the routing number 122016066, which is assigned to City National Bank. These counterfeit items display ornate top and side borders. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear inside a rectangular box embedded within the top border.

The second version of the counterfeit items displays the routing number 122037171, which is assigned to Integrated Payment Systems, Inc. These counterfeit items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, they are light brown with a thin darker brown border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed in the lower-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks have thin blue borders on the sides and bottom. A thick blue border with an embedded security statement is displayed on the top. The bank's customer service number - (866) 773-7100 - is displayed beneath the bank's name and logo in the top-left corner. A security statement and padlock icon are displayed on the right side above two signature lines.

Copies of the counterfeit items 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:

Martha Bedoy
Vice President and Manager of External Investigations
City National Bank
400 North Roxbury Drive
Beverly Hills, California 90213
Telephone: (213) 673-8105
Fax: (213) 673-8112; E-mail: martha.bedoy@cnb.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/2009/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
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 3/24/2009 communications@fdic.gov