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FORUM Credit Union, Indianapolis, Indiana, 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 274074037, which is assigned to FORUM Credit Union. The items are dissimilar to authentic bank checks. A security feature statement is embedded within a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are in the top-center area. The word "REMITTER" is shown in the lower-left corner and the phrase "VOID AFTER 90 DAYS" is in the top-right corner.
FORUM Credit Union does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue bank checks. Authentic bank checks are either blue or gray in color. They display the phrase "VOID AFTER 180 DAYS" in the top-right corner. A watermark displaying "FORUM Credit Union" and "Original Document" are on the reverse side of authentic bank 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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
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: email@example.com).
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