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SA-191-2005
December 19, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks drawn on the Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association, Lake Success, New York, are reportedly in circulation.

Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association, Lake Success, New York, 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 102000979, which is assigned to the account of Integrated Payment Systems Inc., Englewood, Colorado, held at JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Denver, Colorado. Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association issues official checks through Integrated Payment Systems Inc., Englewood, Colorado. The counterfeit items also display a shadow-box border, while authentic checks display a scroll border. Authentic items display "Official Check" in an elongated box within the border and a lock in the lower-right side of the check. The counterfeit items display "Official Check" in an oval in the top-center portion of the check and do not display a lock. A copy of a counterfeit item 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:

Charles Judson
Director of Security
Astoria Federal Savings and Loan Association
One Astoria Federal Plaza
Lake Success, New York 11042-1085
Telephone: (516) 327-7830
Fax: (516) 327-7481
cjudson@astoriafederal.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/2005/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, 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 12/19/2005 communications@fdic.gov