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Financial Institution Letter
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has learned that counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on the City Bank, 201 Merchant Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, are in circulation. Copies of two such instruments are attached for your information. Items presented to date have check numbers ranging from 198828 to 199706, and amounts ranging from $1,500 to $85,000 each.

The bank's legitimate checks have an off-white "City Bank" logo in the middle. They also have a light-blue background with the check numbers printed in red. If photocopied, the legitimate checks will reveal the word "Void." In contrast, the counterfeit checks are light brown in color with the check numbers printed in black, and they do not have the off-white "City Bank" logo in the middle. When photocopied, the counterfeit items do not reveal the word "Void."

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Mr. Darrin Lum
Security Officer
City Bank
201 Merchant Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Telephone (808) 535-2911
Fax (808) 535-2887

Information concerning these instruments also may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, NW, Room F-6012, Washington, DC 20429. For your reference, all FDIC Financial Institution Letters published since January of 1995 may be found on the FDIC's Web site at under the "Banking News" category.

James L. Sexton

Attachment: No electronic attachment is available.

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC financial institution letters may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (800-276-6003 or (703) 562-2200).

Last Updated: February 10, 1999