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December 12, 2003

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also may be of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Deceptive Claims of FDIC Insurance Coverage
Summary: An entity – Banco Athlantic, Madrid, Spain – is falsely representing to potential customers on its Web site that it is a member of the FDIC.

Please be advised that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was recently notified an entity is unlawfully advertising FDIC membership on its Internet Web site. The Web site is reportedly operated by Banco Athlantic. The Web site indicates that the main office of this institution is located in Madrid, Spain. Specifically, the Web site includes the phrase "Member FDIC." The FDIC does not insure this entity, or any products or services that it may offer.

Any information about this entity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4040, Washington, D.C. 20429, or forwarded electronically to alert@fdic.gov.

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Michael J. Zamorski

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

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Last Updated 12/12/2003 communications@fdic.gov