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April 14, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: The Chelsea Groton Savings Bank, Norwich, Connecticut, has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The Chelsea Groton Savings Bank, Norwich, 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 211173357, which is assigned to The Chelsea Groton Savings Bank; however, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the bank's logo and "ChelseaGroton" in the upper-left corner above the words "Cashier's Check." "Chelsea Groton Savings Bank" appears in the top center above the name of a branch location and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. The counterfeit items are pink and have one signature line in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks bear the words "Treasurer's Check" in the top center. The bank logo, name and a Groton, Connecticut, address appear in the upper-left corner. Authentic checks are purple and have two signature lines in the lower-right corner. The statements "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER" and "THE REVERSE SIDE OF THIS DOCUMENT INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW" are printed in the top and bottom borders, respectively.

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

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

Donna Thompson
Assistant Treasurer, Security Officer
The Chelsea Groton Savings Bank
1 Franklin Square
Norwich, Connecticut 06360
Telephone: (860) 823-4906
Fax: (860) 823-4969
E-mail: donnathompson@chelseagroton.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 04/14/2006 communications@fdic.gov