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SA-71-2010
June 7, 2010


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

Mariner's Bank, Edgewater, New Jersey, 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 a fictitious routing number, 020214574, which is not a valid routing number. The items display a security feature statement that is embedded in a darkened top border. The statement "VOID AFTER 180 DAYS" is displayed below the word "DATE" near the right side of the items. One "AUTHORISED SIGNATURE" line appears in the lower-right corner. The words "FDIC INSURED" and "DRAWER:" appear above the signature line.

Authentic cashier's checks are light blue and display the routing number 021213559. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are encircled above the statement "VOID AFTER 180 DAYS" in the top-center area. Two "Authorized Signature" lines appear in the lower-right corner of the checks.

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:

Charles Falciglia
Vice President and Bank Secrecy Act Officer
Mariner's Bank
935 River Road
Edgewater, New Jersey 07020
Telephone: (201) 654-3258
Fax: (201) 224-9386
E-mail: cfalciglia@marinersbk.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-3054, 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/2010/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

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Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)




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