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SA-88-2004 (REVISED)
December 6, 2004


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on City National Bank of Florida, Miami, Florida, are reportedly in circulation.

City National Bank of Florida, Miami, Florida, 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 proper routing number of 066004367 for City National Bank of Florida. The counterfeit items and authentic checks are similar. However, the counterfeit items do not provide an endorsement line on the back of the check. Additionally, the counterfeit items have a misspelling in the security warning that reads stains or “sports” may appear with chemical alteration; the genuine instruments have a security warning that reads stains or spots may appear with chemical alteration. A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic cashier’s check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

John Poorman
Security Director
City National Bank of Florida
25 West Flagler Street
Miami, Florida 33130
Telephone: (305) 577-7488
Fax: (305) 577-7309
john.poorman@citynational.com

Information about these instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC’s Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4040, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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/2004/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter’s distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks – commercial and savings). Printed copies of the Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC’s Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or (703) 562-2200; fax: (703) 562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)


Last Updated 12/06/2004 communications@fdic.gov