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Alert 2005-15 | October 4, 2005

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Rockport National Bank, Rockport, MA


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; Director, Office of Thrift Supervision; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsel; and All Examining Personnel

The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks issued in the bank's name are being presented for payment. These checks, along with fraudulent lottery claim letters, are being mailed to persons with the last names of Cook and White from a London address. The counterfeit checks may be identified by the following: A dark border is printed at the top of the check, which includes a notice "This Document has a Colored Background and Microprinting. The Reverse Side Includes an Artificial Watermark." A bank logo along with the words "Rockport National Bank Official Check" appear in the center of the instrument; the bank's address appears in the top left portion. The phrase "MATCH THE AMOUNT IN WORDS WITH THE AMOUNT IN NUMBERS" appears in all capital letters above the payment amount line, and "VOID AFTER 90 DAYS" appears in all capital letters at the bottom center. There is a line that reads "Issuer/Drawer: Rockport National Bank," and there is a memo line that reads "P. Alliance." The bank reports that all checks received to date bear a check number of 605087 and are in the amount of $3,499.70.

Authentic cashier's checks issued by the bank are blue in color and bear the logo of Rockport National Bank in the upper left portion of the check. The words "Cashier's Check" appear in the lower-left corner of the check. The check does not contain the address or telephone number of the bank. The bank number printed in the upper-right corner, below the check number, should be 53-526.

You can verify the authenticity of Rockport National Bank's cashier's checks by contacting Kathryn Bruni, security officer, at (978) 309-1230 or (978) 546-7405, by fax at (978) 546-6990 or via email at []. Additional information concerning this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of OCC, may be forwarded to:

Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Enforcement & Compliance Division, MS 8-10
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301

Brian C. McCormally
Director for Enforcement & Compliance