November 7, 2005
||CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security
cashier's checks drawn on BankNewport
(formerly known as Bank of Newport), Newport, Rhode Island, are reportedly
BankNewport, Newport, Rhode Island, 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 0211574462, which
is not a valid routing number. BankNewport issues Treasurer's Checks,
which display the proper routing number 211574642. Also, the counterfeit items
are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks in style, font and
layout. The counterfeit items display a telephone number that is not associated
with the bank. Authentic checks do not have a telephone number printed on
the checks. A copy of a counterfeit item and an authentic official check
(VOID) are attached for your review.
Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to
the attention of:
Assistant Vice President – Security Officer
12 Turner Road
Middletown, Rhode Island 02842
Telephone: (401) 845-8607
Fax: (401) 847-2366
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 email@example.com. 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/2005/index.html. To learn
how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please
||Christopher J. Spoth
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)