Bulletin: SLS00281

Date:
March 03, 2006
To:
All Issuing Offices
RE:
FDIC Special Alert Notices - SA-33-2006 through SA-40-2006
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.

3/3/2006

SA-33-2006

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Greenfield Co-operative Bank,Greenfield, Massachusetts, are reportedly in circulation.

Greenfield Co-operative Bank, Greenfield, Massachusetts, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution 's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 211870281, which is assigned to Greenfield Co-operative Bank; however, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. On the counterfeit items, "GREENFIELD CO-OP BANK, 144 Main Street , Northfield , MA 01360-1020 " is printed in the upper-left corner. In addition, "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed inside a black box in the top center of the item, and "THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES - THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK" is printed across the top of the check within a black border. The counterfeit items include the following statement in the lower-left corner: "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Northfield , MA to Greenfield CO-OP Bank, Northfield , MA for inquiries regarding this instrument phone 1 901-412-1355."

Greenfield Co-operative Bank issues treasurer's checks that bear the words "TREASURER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion of the check. Authentic checks display the bank's logo, name, address and "YOUR LOCALLY OWNED COMMUNITY BANK SINCE 1905" in the top-left corner. The checks are printed on light burgundy paper.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic treasurer's check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Deborah Falcon
AVP Retail Banking/BSA and Security Officer
Greenfield Co-operative Bank
PO Box 1345
Greenfield, MA 01302

Phone: (413) 772-0293 Ext. 114
FAX: (413) 773-3808
Email: dfalcon@greenfieldcoopbank.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. 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 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.

 

Christopher J. Spoth

 

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)


 

3/3/2006

SA-34-2006

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Fraudulent Checks

Summary:

Fraudulent checks drawn on Atlantic Central Bankers Bank, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania , are reportedly in circulation.

Atlantic Central Bankers Bank, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that fraudulent checks bearing the institution 's name are in circulation.

The fraudulent items display the routing number 031301752, which is assigned to Atlantic Central Bankers Bank. In addition, the fraudulent items bear an "ACBB" logo and the words "Atlantic Central Bankers Bank" in the top-left corner. In the lower-left corner, the items display the bank's name and address, and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank.

Like other bankers banks, Atlantic Central Bankers Bank does not issue treasurer's, official or cashier's checks. A copy of a fraudulent item is attached for your review.

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

Regina Malloy, VP
Compliance Officer
Atlantic Central Bankers Bank
1400 Market Street
Camp Hill, PA 17011

Phone (717) 737-9335, Ext 147
FAX: (717) 737-7975
Email: Malloy@atlanticcentral.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. 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.

 

Christopher J. Spoth

 

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)


 

3/3/2006

SA-35-2006

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Trust Company, New York, New York, are reportedly in circulation.

Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Trust Company, New York, New York, 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 026009632, which is assigned to Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi Trust Company; however, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. "The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Ltd. MTPG" is printed in the upper-left corner and "NEW YORK BRANCH" appears directly beneath the bank name. In addition, the amount is printed in the right-middle section, with no box outlining the check date, number and amount. The counterfeit items are printed on light-blue fading to white colored paper.

Authentic checks bear the words "The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd." on one line in the upper-left corner, with no branch name. In addition, the check date, check number and amount are printed inside of a rectangle on the right side of the check. Authentic checks are printed on light-blue to purple colored security paper.

Copies 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:

Mr. Robert Bradshaw
Vice President-Compliance Officer
Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
1251 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020-1104
Phone (212) 782-4148
Fax (212) 782-6420
Email rbradshaw@us.mufg.jp

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 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)


 

3/3/2006

SA-36-2006

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on BankFIRST, Winter Park, Florida , are reportedly in circulation.

BankFIRST, Winter Park, Florida, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit 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 Company (BB&T). BankFIRST issues cashier's checks using a payable-through account at BB&T.

Various forms of counterfeit items have been reported and most are similar to authentic checks; however, some are dissimilar. Most of the counterfeit items have the bank's logo, name, branch locations and state printed in the top-center portion of the item. Some counterfeit items display the words “date” and “amount” within a rectangle on the right side. In addition, some counterfeit items have a toll-free telephone number not associated with the bank printed below the state name.

Authentic checks bear the bank's logo, name, branch locations and state in the top center of the check with no telephone number. The checks are printed on light-blue security paper with ornate borders.

Copies 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:

Patty Warren
Vice President/Cashier
BankFIRST
1031 W. Morse Blvd
Winter Park, FL 32789

Phone: (407) 629-8466 Ext. 196
Cell Phone: (407) 427-0423
FAX: (407) 629-7646
Email: pwarren@bankfirst.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. 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)


 

3/3/2006

SA-37-2006

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on The Conway National Bank, Conway, South Carolina, are reportedly in circulation.

The Conway National Bank, Conway, South Carolina, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution 's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 053202318, which is assigned to The Conway National Bank; however, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks in appearance. On the counterfeit items, "THE CONWAY NATIONAL BANK, CONWAY , SC " is printed in the top center on two lines above a toll-free telephone number that is not associated with the bank. "DATE DAY MO. YEAR" and "PAY DOLLARS CENTS" are printed in the center along with the numeric dollar amount inside of a solid rectangle. "CNB" is printed above a small logo next to the bank name in the top-left corner above the words "CASHIER'S CHECK." The counterfeit items are printed on multi-colored paper that fades from light green to light brown.

Authentic cashier's checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" inside of a two-tone rectangle located in the top center. The bank's logo and name are printed on several lines in the top-left corner above the phrases "Serving Our Community Since 1903, Conway , South Carolina " and "Member FDIC." No telephone number is displayed. Authentic checks are printed on white paper with light-green wavy lines in the background.

Copies 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:

Bryan Huggins
Assistant Vice President/Security Officer
Phone: (843) 488-8282
e-mail: bryan.huggins@conwaynationalbank.com

or

Pam Lampley
Security Assistant
The Conway National Bank
1400 3rd Avenue, Conway SC 29526
Phone: (843) 488-8409
Fax (843) 488-8279

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)


 

3/3/2006

SA-38-2006

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Western Bank, St. Paul, Minnesota , are reportedly in circulation.

Western Bank, St. Paul, Minnesota, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 096000661, which is assigned to Western Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks in appearance. The counterfeit items bear the bank's name and address on the top-left side, the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" on the top-right side, and the words "DATE" and "AMOUNT" inside rectangular boxes on the right side. The counterfeit items do not display the bank's logo.

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's logo next to the bank's name. The phrases "Member FDIC" and "Equal Housing Lender" and the bank's address are printed in small type below the bank's name. The words "Cashiers Check" are displayed in the top-right corner. Authentic checks are printed on light-blue paper with dark-blue borders.

Copies 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:

Cheryl Grimes
Vice President/Assistant Cashier
Western Bank
1740 Rice St. Suite 3000
Maplewood, MN 55113

Phone (651) 290-8151
Fax: (651) 290-8147
Email: cgrimes@western-bank.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. 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)


 

3/3/2006

SA-39-2006

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Official Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit official checks drawn on Union Bank of California, N.A., San Francisco, California, are reportedly in circulation.

Union Bank of California, National Association (N.A.), San Francisco, California, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 121000497, which is assigned to Union Bank of California , N.A.; however, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks in appearance. The counterfeit items bear a slightly altered bank logo, name, city, and state in the top-left corner and the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the top center. The counterfeit items are printed on "marbled" white paper and contain the statement: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The counterfeit items do not display "void" security features if photocopied.

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's logo next to the bank's name, city, state and toll-free telephone number in the upper-left corner. "CASHIER'S CHECK" appears in the top center of the check. Authentic checks are printed on blue paper with a white pattern and will display "void" security features when photocopied.

Copies 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:

Clayton Manning
Assistant Vice President - Risk Investigations
Union Bank of California, N.A.
3151 East Imperial Highway
Brea, CA 92821

Telephone: (714) 985-2561
Fax: (714) 985-2235
E-mail: Clayton.Manning@uboc.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. 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)


 

3/3/2006

SA-40-2006

TO:

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT:

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Summary:

Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Bandera Bank, Bandera, Texas , are reportedly in circulation.

Bandera Bank, Bandera, Texas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 114918305, which is assigned to Bandera Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks in style and format. The counterfeit items display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" across the left edge of the item, and the dollar amount is shown in block characters. The counterfeit items also display a logo of a "1" inside of a map of the United States superimposed onto a globe.

Authentic checks display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center and a logo of two interlocking "Bs" in a parallelogram in the top-left portion of the check. These checks also display the bank's telephone number adjacent to the logo.

A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of 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:

Ken Finley
Executive Vice President
Bandera Bank
P. O. Box 1596
Bandera, Texas 78003
Telephone: (830) 796-3711
Fax: (830) 796-8104
kfinley@banderabank.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. 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 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)

References

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