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January 5, 2005

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on First American Bank, SSB, Bryan, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

First American Bank, SSB, Bryan, Texas, 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 and authentic checks are similar. However, there are two types of counterfeit items in circulation. Copies of the counterfeit items and an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review. Although counterfeit item #1 displays a proper routing number of 113193532 for First American Bank, the routing number on authentic cashier's checks is that of the “payable through” bank shown on authentic checks. Counterfeit item #2 displays the proper routing number of 044015543 for the “payable through” bank. Counterfeit item #2 also includes a telephone number under the name First American Bank in the upper left corner. Authentic cashier's checks do not include a telephone number.

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

Sandy Klepacz
Accounting Operations
Kevin Byrne
Vice President, Security
First American Bank
2800 South Texas Avenue
Bryan, Texas 77802
Telephone: (979) 260-5537
Telephone: (979) 361-6592
Fax: (979) 260-5540
Fax: (979) 361-6539

Information about 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 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.

Michael J. Zamorski
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

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).

Last Updated 1/05/2005 communications@fdic.gov