Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks

Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks Bearing the Name “The Bank of Glen Burnie” are Reportedly in Circulation

Glen Burnie, MD

Donna Smith
Senior Vice President
Director of Branch and Deposit Operations
The Bank of Glen Burnie
106 Padfield Blvd
Glen Burnie, MD 21061
Phone:  410-766-3300

The Bank of Glen Burnie, located in Glen Burnie, Maryland, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier’s checks bearing the institution’s name are in circulation.  The information has also been shared with the Maryland Commission of Financial Regulation, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the United States Postal Service (USPS).

The counterfeit items display the routing number 05500313, which is assigned to The Bank of Glen Burnie and are being presented nationwide in a variety of online scams, although The Bank of Glen Burnie is located solely in Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Known scams include checks used in conjunction with a job opportunity, selling something on the OfferUp platform, or receiving a text message with an offer to have their vehicle “wrapped” with advertising/marketing. Checks are received with a request to deposit the check and send some portion back via gift cards or wire transfers.

While the counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic items, they may be identified by the following traits:

  • The counterfeit checks show the bank’s logo in greyscale, with portions “filled” in rather than the outline logo used on legitimate checks.
  • Detailed scrollwork around the top and sides of the document is missing in the counterfeit checks.
  • The counterfeit checks lack the “Original Financial Document” statement that appears directly over the “Cashier’s Check” box in the authentic checks.

Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

Please contact Donna Smith at the contact information listed above with any questions or information you may have concerning this matter.


Avoid Costly Scams Involving Fake Checks and Money Orders – FDIC Consumer News

Avoiding Cashier’s Check Fraud – U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency