Bulletin: SA2007014

Date:
August 20, 2007
To:
All Issuing Offices
RE:
FDIC Special Alert Notices SA-192-2007 through SA-210-2007
Dear Associates:

This Bulletin is to advise you, in accordance with Stewart Information Services Corporation's ("SISCO") Anti-Fraud Plan, that the FDIC has issued the above-referenced Special Alert Notices. In order to view these and other Special Alert Notices issued by the FDIC, please refer to the website address listed below:

http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html

If you suspect an attempt to defraud or a fraud should ever be perpetrated against any SISCO Family Underwriter and/or its agents, please report the activity immediately to:

Mary Payne Thomas
Special Alerts
Stewart Legal Services
Stewart Title Guaranty Company
1980 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 710
Houston, Texas 77056
(800) 729-1902
(713) 629-2248 FAX
mthomas@stewart.com EMAIL

For on-line viewing of this bulletin, log onto http://specialalerts.stewart.com/

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Special Alerts



SA-192-2007
July 16, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Bank of Walterboro, Walterboro, South Carolina, are reportedly in circulation.
 Bank of Walterboro, Walterboro, South Carolina, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items display the routing number 051900353, which is assigned to Branch Banking and Trust (BB&T), Charleston, West Virginia. Bank of Walterboro issues cashier's checks through a BB&T account. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the following security feature statement is embedded within a darkened top border of the counterfeit items: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The items are tan and have a "VOID" background when copied. Authentic cashier's checks display the following security statements below the top border and to the left of the bank's logo and name: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." Authentic checks are blue. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of: Gwen Bunton
Vice President and Cashier
Bank of Walterboro
P.O. Box 1707
Walterboro, South Carolina 29488
Telephone: (843) 549-2265
Fax: (843) 549-5476
E-mail:
gbunton@bankofwalterboro.com
Alternate Contacts: Melissa T. Smyly
Assistant Operations Officer
Bank of Walterboro
P.O. Box 1707
Walterboro, South Carolina 29488
Telephone: (843) 549-2265
Fax: (843) 549-5476
e-mail:
msmyly@bankofwalterboro.com
Joy Koth
Customer Service Representative
Bank of Walterboro
P.O. Box 1707
Walterboro, South Carolina 29488
Telephone: (843) 549-2265
Fax: (843) 549-5476
e-mail:
jkoth@bankofwalterboro.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov). Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)  -----------------------------Special Alerts



SA-193-2007
July 16, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Peoples Bank and Trust, McPherson, Kansas, are reportedly in circulation.
 Peoples Bank and Trust Company, McPherson, Kansas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a secret shopper's scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 101101581, which is assigned to Peoples Bank and Trust, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded within the top and bottom borders. In the top-left corner, the bank's name appears twice above its location and a toll-free telephone number (1- 888-360-9570), which is not associated with the bank. "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner. "DRAWER: PEOPLES BANK AND TRUST" appears in the top-right corner below "CASHIER'S CHECK." The signature lines are preceded by "PER." The words "Signing Officer" are below each signature line. Authentic checks display a re-issuance statement above "CASHIER'S CHECK" near the top-right side. The statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" are printed vertically above a security padlock icon displayed within the right border. The bank's name is on two lines ("Peoples" and "Bank and Trust") in the top-left corner. The bank's location and telephone number, which is (620) 241-2100, and "REMITTER" appear to the right of the bank's name. "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $5,000.00" and "BANK OFFICER" appear directly above the signature lines. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of: Marilyn Friesen
Cashier
Peoples Bank and Trust Company
101 South Main Street
McPherson, Kansas 67460

Telephone: (620) 241-2100, extension 102
Fax: (620) 241-5787
E-mail:
marilyn.friesen@peoplesbankonline.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-194-2007
July 16, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Stolen Cashier's Checks, Money Orders and Temporary Checks
Summary: Stolen cashier's checks, money orders and temporary checks bearing the name First Community Bank of Crawford County, Van Buren, Arkansas, are reportedly in circulation.
 First Community Bank of Crawford County, Van Buren, Arkansas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that stolen cashier's checks, money orders and temporary checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The stolen cashier's checks are numbered from 10253 to 10300 and are yellow. The stolen money orders are numbered from 001429 to 011499 and are blue. The temporary checks display account numbers ranging from 7000111 to 7000421 and have a global crest watermark in the center. All of these items display the routing number 082908748, which is assigned to First Community Bank of Crawford County. These items were stolen during a bank robbery on July 1, 2007. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of: Rex Woods
Vice President
First Community Bank of Crawford County
Town Square Shopping Center, Suite A
Van Buren, Arkansas 72956
Telephone: (479) 471-5400
Fax: (479) 471-5404
Alternate Contact: Vicky Putman
Senior Teller
First Community Bank of Crawford County
Town Square Shopping Center, Suite A
Van Buren, Arkansas 72956
Telephone: (479) 471-5400
Fax: (479) 471-5404
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-195-2007
July 16, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Great Western Bank, Omaha, Nebraska, are reportedly in circulation.
 Great Western Bank, Watertown, South Dakota, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. In January 2007, Great Western Bank, located in Nebraska, South Dakota, Iowa, Missouri, Arizona and Kansas, merged under one charter with South Dakota as its headquarters. The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is invalid, and are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-right corner and the following security feature statement is embedded within the top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The statement "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" is centered along the bottom border with a padlock icon printed on each side. "OMAHA, NEBRASKA 58104" is printed below the bank's logo and name in the top center. "Issued through Firstar Bank of Minnesota, N.A., St. Paul, Minnesota" is printed in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks display the routing number 092005411, which is assigned to First Interstate Bank, Helena, Montana. Great Western Bank issues cashier's checks through a payable- through-account at First Interstate Bank. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is displayed in the lower-left corner above "PAYABLE THROUGH FIRST INTERSTATE BANK, HELENA, MT." The following security feature description is centered along the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. ABSENCE OF THIS FEATURE WILL INDICATE A COPY." The phrases "Making Life Great" and "Member FDIC" are printed below the bank's logo and name in the top center. "REMITTER" and "COMMENTS" are displayed on the left side. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of: Bob Orton
Vice President and Risk Manager
Great Western Bank
35 1st Avenue, N.E.,
Watertown, South Dakota
Telephone: (605) 373-3172
Fax: (605) 333-7882
E-mail:
Robert.Orton@greatwesternbank.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-196-2007
July 16, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Oshkosh Bank, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, are reportedly in circulation.
 The American National Bank of Beaver Dam, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing its branch location name, Oshkosh Bank, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a sweepstakes and lottery scam. The counterfeit items display the routing number 075901516, which is assigned to The American National Bank of Beaver Dam. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, they display the following security feature statement embedded within the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK ù HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW." Also, a statement and "U.S. Patent" number are printed below the signature lines in the lower-right corner. Authentic checks have an ornate border and are blue. The following security feature statement is displayed along the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, WATERMARK AND A THERMOCHROMIC ICON; ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." A sailboat logo is to the right of the bank's name in the top-center area. Also, "A BRANCH OF THE AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK" appears just below the bank's name, city and state in the top center. A padlock icon and the statements "Security features included. Details on the back" are printed on the right side. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of: Mark Heuer
Security Officer
The American National Bank of Beaver Dam
115 Front Street
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin 53916
Telephone: (920) 885-2705
Fax: (920) 885-2709
E-mail:
mheuer@anbnet.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-197-2007
July 20, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Entities Not Authorized by the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority
Summary: The Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) has revised its list of entities that provide a Cayman Islands contact address, but are not licensed or registered to conduct business activities regulated by the CIMA.
 On June 30, 2007, the Cayman Islands Monetary Authority (CIMA) published the attached list of financial entities whose Web sites note a Cayman Island address, but the entities are neither registered nor licensed to undertake activities regulated by the CIMA. The notice also states that none of the entities has registered with the Cayman Islands Companies Registry. These entities, or persons representing them, may be operating in the Cayman Islands offering banking or other financial services to individuals, businesses or financial institutions located in the United States. They may be violating provisions of the Banks and Trust Companies Law (revised 2003) or other regulations issued by the Cayman Island government. They may also be conducting or facilitating unauthorized financial transactions in the United States. Any proposed transactions involving these entities should be viewed with extreme caution. Any information about these entities may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html. This Special Alert supersedes SA-48-2007.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
Attachment:May be accessed from:
http://www.cimoney.com.ky/uploadedFiles/Regulatory_Framework/Compliance/Notices/WebsiteswithCaymanAddressesNotRegisteredorLicensed.pdf 241k (PDF Help)
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings) Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200).
Special Alerts



SA-198-2007
August 2, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Colony Bank are reportedly in circulation.
 Colony Bank of Dodge County, Eastman, Georgia, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the name Colony Bank are in circulation.The counterfeit items display the routing number 061210981, which is assigned to Colony Bank of Dodge County. The items include the following security description notice, printed below the bottom border: "THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK - HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW." Authentic checks have scroll-designed borders on all sides. A padlock security symbol and security notice are embedded in the right border.Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:Faith Bell
Corporate Security Officer
Information Security Officer
Colony Management Service
Post Office
Box 989
Fitzgerald, Georgia
31750
Phone: (229) 426-6022
Fax: (229) 426-6039
E-mail:
fbell@colonybank.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other counterfeit activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit http://www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
Attachment:(not available electronically)NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings) Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200).
Special Alerts



SA-199-2007
August 2, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Farmers & Merchants Bank, Eatonton, Georgia, are reportedly in circulation.
 Farmers & Merchants Bank, Eatonton, Georgia, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.The counterfeit items display the routing number 061110557, which is assigned to Farmers & Merchants Bank. The counterfeit items are identical to authentic checks except that the counterfeit checks have scanned signatures printed in the lower-right area. Authentic checks are manually signed using an ink pen.Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:Anna S. Mullis
Bank Secrecy Act and Compliance Officer
Farmers and Merchants Bank
Post Office
Box 4450
Eatonton, Georgia
31024
Phone: (706) 485-9941
Fax: (706) 485-5970
E-mail:
amullis@ibankfmb.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other counterfeit activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit http://www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
Attachment:(not available electronically)NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings) Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200).
Special Alerts



SA-200-2007
August 3, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Liberty Bank, Geraldine, Alabama, are reportedly in circulation.
 Liberty Bank, Geraldine, Alabama, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items display the routing number 062201847, which is assigned to Liberty Bank. The items display a security statement embedded in the top border. A toll-free telephone number ("1-866-382-9163"), which is not associated with the bank, is shown beneath the bank's logo, name and address. A padlock icon is included in the bottom border. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of: Elaine Gilbert
Liberty Bank
P.O. Box 187
Geraldine, Alabama 35974

Telephone: (256) 659-2175
Fax: (256) 659-4882
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents, and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html . To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-201-2007
August 3, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Stolen Certificate of Deposit Interest Checks
Summary: Certificate of deposit interest checks drawn on Citizens First Bank, Wartburg, Tennessee, have been reported stolen.
 Citizens First Bank, Wartburg, Tennessee, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that 1,500 certificate of deposit interest checks were stolen. These instruments include the routing number 064204402, which is assigned to Citizens First Bank. Serial numbers associated with these checks are 21818 through 21864. Any information you may have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of: Betty Maden
Senior Vice President
Citizens First Bank
P.O. Box 1189
Wartburg, Tennessee 37887
Telephone: (423) 346-2265
Fax: (865) 435-7496
E-mail:
bmaden@cfbbank.com
Alternate contact: Wendell S. Langley
Senior Vice President
Citizens First Bank
P.O. Box 1189
Wartburg, Tennessee 37887
Telephone: (423) 346-2265
Fax: (423) 346-2946
E-mail:
wlangley@cfbbank.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-202-2007
August 3, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name First Georgia Banking Company, Carrollton, Georgia, are reportedly in circulation.
 First Georgia Banking Company, Franklin Georgia, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items display the routing number 061120369, which is assigned to First Georgia Banking Company. The items display the bank's Carrollton Branch's street address ("100 Tom Reeve Drive") in the top-left area. A padlock symbol and the initials "MP" appear in the lower- right corner of counterfeit items. Authentic checks have the following statement embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT IS PROTECTED BY A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, FLUORESCENT PAPER FIBERS, A WATERMARKED BACKER, AND IS REACTIVE TO CHEMICAL ALTERATION." A Carrollton, Georgia, post office box address, "P.O. Box 2578," appears in the top-left side above the bank's telephone number, "(770) 830-1233." Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of: Mark A. Sailors
Vice President
P.O. Box 2578
Carrollton, Georgia
. 30112
Phone: (678) 839-6776
Fax: (678) 839-6828
E-mail:
mark.sailors@firstgabnk.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other counterfeit activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-203-2007
August 6, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Colonial American Bank, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, are reportedly in circulation.
 Colonial American Bank, West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a secret shopper scam and are included with correspondence from "Accurate Service Shopping Insite Inc." The counterfeit items display the routing number 031918996, which is assigned to Colonial American Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display a security feature statement within the top border. In addition, the bank's logo, name (repeated twice), city, state and a telephone number ("1-866-616-3465"), which is not associated with the bank, are displayed in the top-left corner of the counterfeit items. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are located in the top center. The bank's name is repeated as "DRAWER: COLONIAL AMERICAN BANK" in the top-right corner and "for Colonial American Bank" below the printed dollar amount line. The term "USD" is printed below the numerical dollar amount line. Two signature lines are printed on the right side. "REMITTER:" appears below the signature lines. Authentic checks display the bank's name, logo, address, telephone number and Web site address in the top center. A security padlock icon and vertical security statement appear within the right border. "Cashier's Check," "Date" and "Branch" are located near the top-right corner. One signature line and "REMITTER" appear near the top-left corner. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of: Daniel J. Machon, Jr.
Chief Financial Officer
Colonial American Bank
300 Conshohocken State Road, Suite 160
West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania 19428
Telephone: (610) 941-1266, extension 1102
Mobile: (610) 608-8514
Fax: (610) 941-4655
E-mail:
dmachon@colonialamericanbank.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-204-2007
August 6, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier’s checks bearing the name Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, are reportedly in circulation.
 Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust Company, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier’s checks bearing the institution’s name are in circulation.The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is a payable-through account at U.S. Bank, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust Company issues cashier’s checks through U.S. Bank. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier’s checks and display the following security statement embedded within a darkened top border: “THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER AND ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SECURITY SCREEN ON BACK WITH PADLOCK LOCK SECURITY ICON.” A security padlock icon and the statements “SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK” are printed vertically along the right border. The counterfeit items have one signature line.Authentic checks display the following security feature statements below the top border: “THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BANK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY.” The words “VOID AFTER 180 DAYS” are centered below the words “CASHIERS CHECK” in the top center. The bank’s street address (“90 HIGHLAND AVENUE”) is printed below the bank’s “KNBT” logo in the top-left corner. The word “REMITTER” is printed above “PAYABLE THROUGH US BANK, ST. PAUL, MN” in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks have two signature lines.Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:Henry Farabaugh
Assistant Vice President and Security Officer
Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust Company
90 Highland Avenue
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017
Telephone: (610) 807-5884
Fax: (610) 861-7892
E-mail:
henry.farabaugh@knbt.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-205-2007
August 6, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name First Harrison Bank, Corydon, Indiana, are reportedly in circulation.
 First Harrison Bank, Corydon, Indiana, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.The counterfeit items display the routing number 083913033, which is assigned to First Harrison Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks, but have different security feature statements. On the counterfeit items, the statement "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER" is embedded within the top border. The statement "THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK-HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW" is embedded within the bottom border. The statement "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO PRINT SIGNATURE LINE ABSENCE OF THE SIGNATURE WILL INDICATE A COPY" appears directly below the printed dollar amount line. In addition, a security padlock icon is embedded within the right border.Authentic checks display the statements "SECURITY FEATURES ARE INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK," centered inside a darkened box within a double lined top border. The statements "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THIS FEATURE WILL INDICATE A COPY" appear directly below the printed dollar amount. A security padlock appears above the signature line. The checks have a pale green background with black printing.Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:Roger A. Alexander
Vice President and
Security Officer
First Harrison Bank
P.O. Box 130

Corydon, Indiana 47112

Telephone: (812) 734-3475
Fax: (812) 738-2202
E-mail:
ralexander@firstharrison.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-206-2007
August 6, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Affinity Bank of Pennsylvania, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, are reportedly in circulation.
 Affinity Bank of Pennsylvania, Wyomissing, Pennsylvania, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items display the routing number 031318758, which is assigned to Affinity Bank of Pennsylvania. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display the following security feature statements within a darkened top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed inside a rectangle in the top center. The word "DATE" and the numerical dollar amount are both inside of rectangles on the right side. The word "DRAWER" is printed in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks display the word's "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner above an indemnity bond statement. A security padlock icon and a vertical security statement are incorporated within the right border. The bank's name is repeated below the numerical dollar amount on the right side. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of: Karen M. McCullough
Assistant Vice President
Affinity Bank of Pennsylvania
P.O. Box 7068
Wyomissing, Pennsylvania 19610
Telephone: (610) 898-7700
E-mail:
kmccullough@affinitybankpa.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-207-2007
August 6, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Bank of the Sierra, Porterville, California, are reportedly in circulation.
 Bank of the Sierra, Porterville, California, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with an Internet art scam.The counterfeit items display the routing number 121137027, which is assigned to Bank of the Sierra. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and are tan to light brown in color. The counterfeit items contain the following security feature statement within the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK - HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." A security feature statement also appears along the bottom border. The following statements are displayed directly below a dotted signature line: "If this check is lost or stolen it will not be replaced for 90 days," and "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING." Patent numbers are printed in pink beneath the bottom border and disappear when touched or blown upon. The word "REMITTER" is printed in the lower left.Authentic checks have ornate borders and a multi-colored background. The following security feature statement is centered within the top border: "NOTE: SEE REVERSE FOR SECURITY FEATURES." Displayed directly below the signature line is the statement "If this check is lost or stolen it will not be replaced for 90 days." Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:Dina Wilson
Vice President and Assistant Director of Bank Operations
Bank of the Sierra
86 North Main Street
Porterville, California 93257-3712
Telephone: (559) 782-4900, extension 4943
Fax: (559) 791-4961
E-mail:
Wilson@bankofthesierra.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-208-2007
August 6, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Treasurer's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit treasurer's checks bearing the name Skylands Community Bank, Hackettstown, New Jersey, are reportedly in circulation.
 Skylands Community Bank, Hackettstown, New Jersey, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit treasurer's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam.The counterfeit items display the routing number 021209990, which is assigned to Skylands Community Bank. The items are similar to authentic treasurer's checks, except that the letter "K" in the bank's name in the top-left corner is larger than the rest of the word. In addition, a toll-free telephone number ("1-877-764-6245"), which is not associated with the bank, appears below the bank's city, state and zip code in the top-left corner. The following security feature statement is embedded within the top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" are centered along the bottom border with a padlock icon printed on each side. Authentic checks display the following statement embedded within the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A MULTICOLORED BACKGROUND, MICROPRINT SIGNATURE LINES, A TRUE WATERMARK AND VISIBLE PLUS INVISIBLE FLUORESCENT FIBERS." The checks have a gold background and black print. When copied, the checks display a "VOID" background. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:Liz Trillo
First Vice President
Skylands Community Bank
176 Mountain Avenue
Hackettstown, New Jersey 07840

Telephone: (908) 850-9010
Fax: (908) 684-2482
E-mail:
ltrillo@skylandscombank.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-209-2007
August 6, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Commercial Bank & Trust Company, Paris, Tennessee, are reportedly in circulation.
 Commercial Bank & Trust Company, Paris, Tennessee, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam.The counterfeit items display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, Boston, Massachusetts. Commercial Bank issues official checks through Travelers Express Company, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, payable through Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic official checks and display the following security statement embedded within a darkened top border: "THE FACE OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER AND ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SECURITY SCREEN ON BACK WITH PADLOCK SECURITY ICON." A security padlock icon and the statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" appear on the right side. Printed in the upper-right corner are the statements "ISSUED BY: MONEYGRAM PAYMENT SYSTEMS, INC., P.O. BOX 48479, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA 58480' AND "DRAWEE: BOSTON SAFE DEPOSITS & TRUST COMPANY, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS." Authentic checks have ornate borders on the top and sides. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are incorporated within the top border and centered between the following security statements: "THE DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK" and "THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO PRINT SIGNATURE LINE AND BORDER ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:Lisa Smith
Internal Auditor
Commercial Bank & Trust Company
P.O. Box 1013
Paris, Tennessee 38242

Telephone: (731) 641-9384
Fax: (731) 641-9457
E-mail:
lsmith@cbtcnet.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
Special Alerts



SA-210-2007
August 7, 2007
 
TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Indiana First Bank, Indiana, Pennsylvania, are reportedly in circulation.
 Indiana First Savings Bank, Indiana, Pennsylvania, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items display the routing number 044000804, which is assigned to JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Denver, Colorado. Indiana First Savings Bank issues official checks through an Integrated Payment System Inc. account held at JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. The counterfeit items display the following security feature descriptions embedded inside a darkened top border: "SECURITY WARNING: THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT FEATURES A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINT BORDERS - THE REVERSE SIDE FEATURES ARTIFICIAL WATERMARKS." In the bank's address in the top-left corner, the state is abbreviated as "PA." Authentic checks display "OFFICIAL CHECK" inside of a rectangle with rounded corners in the top center. The statement "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK" is printed on each side of the rectangle just below an ornate scroll border. The state name "PENNSYLVANIA" is spelled out in the address in the top-left corner. "DRAWER: INDIANA FIRST BANK" and a security padlock symbol are printed in the lower-right side above the signature line. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented. Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of: Ryan D. Renz
Audit & Compliance Administrator
Indiana First Savings Bank
935 Philadelphia Street
Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701
Telephone: (724) 349-2812, ext. 144
Fax: (724) 349-4346
E-mail:
renzr@indianafirst.com
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other counterfeit activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Questions related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp. For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
  Sandra L. Thompson
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection
   
Attachment (not available electronically) NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or 703-562-2200; fax: 703-562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov). Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

References

Bulletins Replaced:
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Related Bulletins:
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Underwriting Manual:
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Exceptions Manual:
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