Alert 1999-2| February 24, 1999

Suspicious Transactions: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks


Chief Executive Officers of all National Banks; 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 Counsel and Examining Personnel.

Information has been received that counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on City Bank, Honolulu, Hawaii, are in circulation. A copy of a counterfeit instrument is attached. Please note that the counterfeit checks: are in the number range of 1988## to 1997##; the check number is printed in black; the "VOID" security feature does not appear when copied; and the background color is light brown. To date, counterfeit items have been presented for payment in California, Nevada, and the Kingdom of Tonga. 

The bank has requested that Darrin Lum, Security Officer, be contacted about this matter (telephone (808) 535-2911, fax (808) 535-2887). 

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

Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Enforcement & Compliance Division,
250 E Street, SW,
Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301


Daniel P. Stipano 
Enforcement & Compliance Division

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