Each depositor insured to at least $250,000 per insured bank



Home > News & Events > Special Alerts




Special Alerts

SA-52-2006
March 6, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on First Bank, Ketchikan, Alaska, and First Bank, Austin, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

First Bank, Ketchikan, Alaska, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 125200044, which is assigned to First Bank, Ketchikan, Alaska. However, the counterfeit items state they are drawn on First Bank, Austin, Texas, and are issued by Accelerated Payment Systems, Inc., Mesa, Arizona. They display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" across the left border of the item and a logo of a "1" superimposed on top of a map of the United States, encircled in a globe. Authentic cashier's checks display the logo consisting of a large "1" to the left of the bank's name and address. A copy of a counterfeit item and 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:

Cindy Balzer
Vice President-Compliance Officer
First Bank
331 Dock Street
P. O. Box 7920
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
Telephone: (907) 228-4206
Fax: (907) 228-4428
E-mail: cindy.balzer@firstbankak.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents, and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, 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 website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

  Sandra L. Thompson
  Acting 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, 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 03/06/2006 communications@fdic.gov