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April 20, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Schertz Bank & Trust, Schertz, Texas, has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks with the routing number assigned to Schertz Bank & Trust are in circulation.

Schertz Bank & Trust, Schertz, Texas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the name and location of Northridge Bank, San Antonio, Texas, are in circulation. However, the counterfeit items display the routing number 114916103, which is assigned to Schertz Bank & Trust.

The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks in style. The counterfeit items display a logo consisting of a "1" superimposed on a map of the United States, encircled by a globe. "Northridge Bank" is printed to the right of the logo.

Authentic cashier's checks display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in a large font in the lower- left portion of the check. The checks also display a logo of an eagle to the left of the bank's name, telephone number and address in the top center.

A copy 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:

Wendy Griffin
Schertz Bank & Trust
519 Main Street
P.O. Box 800
Schertz, Texas 78154-0800
Telephone: (210) 945-7400, extension 230
Fax: (210) 945-7424
E-mail: wgriffin@schertzbank.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 04/20/2006 communications@fdic.gov