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SA-41-2006
February 28, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Tecumseh Federal Bank, Tecumseh, Nebraska, are reportedly in circulation.

Tecumseh Federal Bank, Tecumseh, Nebraska, 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 096016765, which is assigned to Tecumseh Federal Bank, and are similar to authentic cashier's checks in appearance. The counterfeit items bear the bank's name in the top-left corner and the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center above the bank's address. Additionally, below the signature is the following statement: "Two Authorized Signatures Required for Amounts Over $5,000.00."

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's logo next to the bank's name in the upper-left corner. In the top center, directly above the bank's address and phone number, are the words "CASHIER'S CHECK." Printed below the dollar amount line is the statement: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A SAFETY PAPER BACKGROUND, MICRO-PRINT AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK, LOOK FOR THESE FEATURES WHEN ACCEPTING." "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED" is printed above the signature lines.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

John Murphy
Vice President
Tecumseh Federal Bank
160 N. 4th Street
Tecumseh, NE 68540-0318
Phone: (402) 335-3384
Fax: (402) 335-4023
Email: murphytbl@neb.rr.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/2006/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

  Sandra L. Thompson
  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, 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 02/28/2006 communications@fdic.gov