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Financial Institution Letter

SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) has advised us that counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on the Marquette National Bank, Chicago, Illinois, are in circulation. To date, items have appeared in the New York, New York, and Los Angeles, California, areas. Copies of two such instruments are attached.

The counterfeit instruments have the following statement printed on them. "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND & MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The bank's legitimate instruments contain no such statement. If you have any information concerning these items, you may contact:

Mr. Bernard Considine
Security Officer
Marquette National Bank
Telephone: 773-918-4565
Fax: 773-476-8849
Information about 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 "News, Events & FOIA."

James L. Sexton

Attachment: Copies of Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
PDF Format (134 Kb - PDF help or hard copy )

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: April 4, 2000