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SA-158-2005
November 7, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks drawn on Putnam Savings Bank, Putnam, Connecticut, are reportedly in circulation.

Putnam Savings Bank, Putnam, Connecticut, 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 211174220, which is assigned to Putnam Savings Bank. Authentic checks are referred to as cashier's checks. Both counterfeit versions are referred to as official checks and they are dissimilar to authentic official checks in style, font and layout. In addition, a "1-800" telephone number appears on one version of the counterfeit checks. A copy of the counterfeit items and an authentic official check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Phillis Jaeger
Security Officer
or
Richard Moore
Assistant Security Officer
Putnam Savings Bank
P.O. Box 151
Putnam, Connecticut 06260
Telephone: (860) 928-6501
Fax: (860)-928-2147
pjaeger@putnamsavings.com
rmoore@putnamsavings.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.


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  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, 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 11/7/2005 communications@fdic.gov