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SA-33-2005
March 22, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashierís checks drawn on First Hawaiian Bank, Honolulu, Hawaii, are reportedly in circulation.

First Hawaiian Bank, Honolulu, Hawaii, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashierís checks bearing the institutionís name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 121100782, which is the payable-through bank for First Hawaiian Bank. However, the counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic checks. Authentic cashierís checks prominently display the image of a person surfing in full color, as background for the instrument. Additionally, the bank logo is presented in color on the left-hand side of the check. The counterfeit checks do not have the background image, and the bank logo is reproduced in black and white. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashierís check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Cindy Fontanilla
Controllerís Reconcilement Area
First Hawaiian Bank
999 Bishop St., 29th Floor
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
Telephone: (808) 844-3719
Fax: (808) 844-3699
Email: cfontanilla@fhwn.com
Information about these instruments may be forwarded to the FDICís 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 FDICís 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 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 letterís distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks Ė commercial and savings). Printed copies of the Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDICís 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 03/22/2005 communications@fdic.gov