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Subject: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Date: June 10, 2013
Description: First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks: First Mid-Illinois Bank and Trust
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (Districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsels; and All Examining Personnel
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks using a correct routing number of 071102076 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with an Internet job opportunity scam posted on Craigslist.
The counterfeit checks resemble the authentic items but may be identified by the following: Counterfeit items contain the following security statement in the top border of the check: “THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING – THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK.” The abbreviated routing name contained in the top right corner of the checks is shown as “70-207711,” and the bank logo might not be shaded in.
Counterfeit items presented to date contain a remitter name of Keith Hebert and are made payable in the amounts of either $2,550 or $2,880.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust's cashier's checks, please contact Branch Operations by mail at 1515 Charleston Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938, by telephone at (877) 888-5629, by fax at (217) 235-0286, or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consumers who receive a counterfeit or fictitious item and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:
Additional information concerning this matter that should be brought to the attention of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) may be forwarded to
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resource at www.occ.gov/fraudresources.htm.
Ellen M. Warwick