Special Alert

  

TO:              All Company Locations and Agency Managers

 

FROM:         Shannon Savage

 

DATE:          December 3, 2002

 

SUBJECT:    Counterfeit Cashier's Checks and Stolen Money Orders

 

 

 

 

Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Baltimore Trust Company, Selbyville, Delaware, and on First State Bank of California, Granada Hills, California, are in circulation. In addition, a lot of 500 money orders issued by Bank of America, Dallas, Texas, has been reported stolen.

 

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has learned that counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Baltimore Trust Company, Selbyville, Delaware, are in circulation. These items bear the routing number 031100490. Attached for your information is a copy of one of the counterfeit instruments. Note that the name of the town of the bank's office has been misspelled.

 

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

 

Mr. Jorge L. Melendez

Assistant Vice President/Security

Baltimore Trust Company

One West Church Street

P.O. Box 470

Selbyville, DE 19975

Telephone: (302) 436-1316

(302) 436-1505

 

Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on First State Bank of California, Granada Hills, California, also are in circulation. The items bear the routing number 857639870. Attached for your information is a copy of one of the counterfeit instruments.

 

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

 

Ms. Mary Fisher

Senior Vice President

First State Bank of California

10820 Zelzah Avenue

Granada Hills, CA 91344

Telephone: (818) 366-2188

Fax: (818) 366-4093

 

Financial institutions are encouraged to develop and implement procedures to reduce the risk of loss associated with this type of fraud.

 

In addition, a lot of 500 money orders, issued by Bank of America, Dallas, Texas, has been reported as stolen. The items bear the routing number 114000019 and are numbered 915100 through 915599. Attached for your information is a copy of one of the stolen instruments that was recently presented for payment.

 

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

 

Mr. Jim Grace

Corporate Investigations

Bank of America, NA

901 Main Street, 18th Floor

Dallas, TX 75202

Telephone: (214) 209-9097

Fax: (214) 209-9691

 

Information about these instruments also may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, NW, Room F-4040, Washington, DC 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov.

 

For your reference, FDIC Financial Institution Letters may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2002/index.html. To

learn how to automatically receive FDIC Financial Institution Letters through e-mail, please visit http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/announcement/2002/index.html.