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Alert 2006-9 | February 23, 2006

Counterfeit Money Orders: Counterfeit Money Orders of Riverside National Bank, Fort Pierce, Florida


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 money orders, issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 067011142, are being presented nationwide for payment.

The counterfeit money orders are of an unknown color but closely resemble the authentic items. The only difference appears to be that the counterfeit items contain handwritten date information. All money orders presented to date have been made out in the amount of $1,000.00.

Authentic money orders issued by the bank are green in color and contain red and blue fibers. The bank's name appears in the top-center portion of the instrument with the words "Money Order" to the right. The date field appears in the top-right area and contains a typewritten date.

For additional information and guidance or to verify the authenticity of Riverside National Bank's money orders, please contact Laz Claro, Director of Corporate Security, 2211 Okeechobee Road, Fort Pierce, FL 34950, by telephone at (321) 951-7756, by fax at (321) 722-2829, or via email at [].

Additional information concerning this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of the 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

For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resource page.

Brian C. McCormally
Director for Enforcement & Compliance