Subject: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Date: May 6, 2013
Description: First Federal Bank of Florida
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks: First Federal Bank of Florida
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 issued in the bank’s name and using a correct routing number of 263184488 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with unknown scams.
The counterfeit checks do not resemble the bank’s authentic items and may be identified by the following: Counterfeit items contain the incorrect bank names of either “First Federal Savings Bank of Florida” or “Federal State Savings Bank of Florida” in the upper-left corner of the instrument. The words “Cashiers Check” or “CASHIER’S CHECK” are located in the top-center portion of the checks, and the following security statement may be printed in the top border: “THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A GREEN BACKGROUND AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMAK ON THE BANK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW.” The following statement appears beneath the signature line: “SIGNATURE AREA HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND – BORDER CONTAINS MICROPRINTING.” Items presented to date contain serial numbers in the 152000 series and may contain remitter names of either Craig Brown or John Smith.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of First Federal Bank of Florida’s cashier’s checks, please contact Ashley Fieber, BSA/Fraud Compliance Officer–BSA Compliance Department, by mail at 4705 West U.S. Hwy. 90, Lake City, FL 32055; by telephone at (904) 398-7859, x3337; or by 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/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/index-fraud-resources.html.
Ellen M. Warwick