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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 Athol Savings Bank, Athol, Massachusetts, are reportedly in circulation.

Athol Savings Bank, Athol, Massachusetts, 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 211370998, which is assigned to Athol Savings Bank. The counterfeit items also display the bank's name and street address in the top-left portion of the check and the wording "Cashier's Check" in the top center.

The bank issues treasurer's checks instead of cashier's checks. Authentic checks display the words "TREASURERS CHECK" followed by a branch office name in the top-center portion of the check. Authentic checks also display the bank's logo of the letters "ASB" and the year "1867" inside of a circle in the top-left corner of the check. Adjacent to the logo is the bank's name above the following statement: "Proud of Our Past, Focused on the Future."

A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic treasurer's check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Cheryl D'Ambra
Senior Vice President-Retail Banking Division
Athol Savings Bank
444 Main St.
Athol, Massachusetts 01331
Telephone: (978) 249-7262, extension 402
Fax: (978) 249-2467
E-mail: cdambra@atholsb.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 website 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