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July 30, 2004

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier’s checks drawn on People’s Bank, Bridgeport, Connecticut, are in circulation.

People’s Bank, Bridgeport, Connecticut, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier’s checks bearing the institution name “People’s Bank” are in circulation.

The authentic and counterfeit checks are very similar with the exception of a few details. People’s Bank authentic cashier’s checks have the bank’s name in the upper left corner of the check. The counterfeit cashier’s checks also have the name in the upper left corner of the check; however, the font is smaller on the counterfeit checks. The counterfeit items use a simple five-point star before and after the name of the payee and in the amount, while the authentic cashier’s checks use a more elaborate star symbol. Also, the authentic cashier’s checks are grey in color; the counterfeit items are beige/tan in color. The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 221172186 for People’s Bank.

Attached for your review is a copy of a People’s Bank authentic cashier’s check (void) and a copy of a counterfeit instrument.

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

Kim L. Syrop
Corporate Fraud Investigation
People’s Bank
850 Main Street
Bridgeport, Connecticut 06604
Telephone: (203) 338-7833
Fax: (203) 338-5099

Information concerning these instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC’s Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4040, 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 http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2004/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit http://www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
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, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (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)

Last Updated 07/30/2004 communications@fdic.gov