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The Paducah Bank and Trust Company (Paducah Bank), Paducah, Kentucky, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.
The Paducah Bank and Trust Company does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue official checks.
The counterfeit items display the routing number 083900402, which is assigned to The Paducah Bank and Trust Company. The items are dissimilar to authentic official checks. Counterfeit items have an ornate border on three sides of the item. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are centered in a rectangle in the top border with a security statement and sensor circle on each side of the rectangle.
Authentic official checks are light blue and when copied display "VOID" across the top. A security feature statement is centered in a top darkened border. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are centered and layered upon the statement. The bank's name, P.O. Box, location, and telephone number "270-575-5700" are in the top-left corner. A padlock icon and vertical security statement are embedded in the right border.
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, 3501 North Fairfax Drive, CH-11034, Arlington, Virginia 22226, 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 Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2011/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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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).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
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