Bulletin: SLS00296

Date:
May 15, 2006
To:
All Issuing Offices
RE:
FDIC Special Alert Notices - SA-139-2006 through SA-140-2006
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/2006/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:

Patty Hoesl
Claims & Litigation Paralegal
Stewart Legal Services
Stewart Title Guaranty Company
1980 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 710
Houston, Texas 77056
(800) 729-1902
(713) 629-2248 FAX
phoesl@stewart.com EMAIL

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

THIS BULLETIN IS FURNISHED TO INFORM YOU OF CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS. AS A REMINDER, YOU ARE CHARGED WITH KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONTENT ON VIRTUAL UNDERWRITER  AS IT EXISTS FROM TIME TO TIME AS IT APPLIES TO YOU, AS WELL AS ANY OTHER INSTRUCTIONS. OUR UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS DO NOT AUTHORIZE OUR ISSUING AGENTS TO ENGAGE IN SETTLEMENTS OR CLOSINGS ON BEHALF OF STEWART TITLE GUARANTY COMPANY. THIS BULLETIN IS NOT INTENDED TO DIRECT YOUR ESCROW OR SETTLEMENT PRACTICES OR TO CHANGE PROVISIONS OF APPLICABLE UNDERWRITING AGREEMENTS. CONFIDENTIAL, PROPRIETARY, OR NONPUBLIC PERSONAL INFORMATION SHOULD NEVER BE SHARED OR DISSEMINATED EXCEPT AS ALLOWED BY LAW. IF APPLICABLE STATE LAW OR REGULATION IMPOSES ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS, YOU SHOULD CONTINUE TO COMPLY WITH THOSE REQUIREMENTS.

 

Special Alerts


 

SA-139-2006
May 5, 2006

 

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Official Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Enterprise Federal Savings Bank, Largo, Maryland, and a routing number assigned to First Liberty National Bank, Washington, D.C., are reportedly in circulation.

 

First Liberty National Bank,Washington, D.C., has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the name Enterprise Federal Savings Bank, Largo , Maryland , are in circulation. Enterprise Federal Savings Bank merged into First Liberty National Bank in 2003 and no longer issues checks using the former name.

The counterfeit official items include the routing number 055073480, which is assigned to First Liberty National Bank. However, First Liberty National Bank issues cashier's checks, which bear the routing number 054001602, a routing number also assigned to First Liberty National Bank. Counterfeit items display the wording "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the top-center portion of the item. "ENTERPRISE FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK" followed by a Largo, Maryland address, is shown in the top-left corner of the item. Counterfeit items display two signature lines.

Authentic checks display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left portion of the check and display one signature line. To the right of the bank's logo consisting of a flag inside a square is: "FIRST LIBERTY NATIONAL BANK, 1146 19TH ST NW, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036 ." A copy of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Mary Queen
Senior Vice President
First Liberty National Bank
1146 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 331-7031
Fax: (202) 452-2189

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 Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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

 

Acting 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 online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks – commercial and savings). Printed copies of the 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-140-2006
May 11, 2006

 

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Extraco Banks, N.A., Temple, Texas, has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Farmers Bank, San Antonio, Texas, are reportedly in circulation. The counterfeit cashier's checks bear the routing number assigned to Extraco Banks, N.A.

 

Extraco Banks, N.A., Temple, Texas, has contacted the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Farmers Bank and the routing number assigned to Extraco Banks, N.A. are in circulation. There is not a bank named Farmers Bank in San Antonio, Texas.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 111915576, which was previously assigned to First Waco National Bank, Waco , Texas . Extraco Banks, N.A. acquired First Waco National Bank and the aforementioned routing number is no longer used on authentic cashier's checks, but may be still in use for customer checks.

Counterfeit items display the following statement embedded in the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A BLUE CHECK BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER AND A VOID PANTOGRAPH WITH A BLUE SECURITY STRIP IN CENTER." The wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" appears along the left border of the item and "Farmers Bank, San Antonio, Texas" appears in the center, adjacent to a fictitious logo consisting of a "1" inside an image of the United States encircled by a globe. In the lower-left corner "TO THE ORDER OF" is displayed. The items appear to be prepared using a digital check writer.

For additional information and guidance, please use the following contact information:

Marisa Truelove
Deposit Operations Manager
Extraco Banks, N.A.
P.O. Box 6101
Temple, Texas 76593-6101
Fax: (254) 744-5590
Email: mtruelove@extracobanks.com

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

Email:

occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov

Internet:

http://www.occ.treas.gov

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 Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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

 

Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW , Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (1-877-275-3342 or 202-416-6940).

 

References

Bulletins Replaced:
None
Related Bulletins:
NL000084 Stewart Title Guaranty Company Antifraud Plan
Underwriting Manual:
None
Exceptions Manual:
None
Forms:
None