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Financial Institution Letter

Special Alert

SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has learned that counterfeit cashier's checks are in circulation bearing a routing number that does not match the name of the bank appearing on the face of the items. These items may be circulating on the West Coast of the United States. Counterfeit checks bearing the name of "Old Kent, Old Kent Bank - Illinois," Sears Tower, Chicago, Illinois, bear the routing number and cashier's check account number of South Chicago Bank, 9200 South Commercial Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. A copy of one such instrument is attached for your information.

Information about these checks should be brought to the attention of:

Mr. Herman L. Davis
Vice President and Cashier
South Chicago Bank
9200 South Commercial Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60617-4580
Telephone (773) 768-1400
Fax (773) 734-1534

In addition, the FDIC has learned that counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on the Firstate Bank of Colorado, 11210 Huron Street, Northglenn, Colorado, are in circulation. The checks also bear the name of Honda and Acura Services, Inc., 582 South Broadway, Denver, Colorado, in the upper left corner. The bank reports that it has no account in that name. A copy of one such item is attached for your information.

Information about these checks should be brought to the attention of:

Ms. Brigitte Howorko
Firstate Bank of Colorado
11210 Huron Street
Northglenn, Colorado 80234
Telephone (303) 451-1010
Fax (303) 450-5046

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: (not available electronically)

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

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

Last Updated: July 15, 1999