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May 15, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Farmers Bank, San Antonio, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

Seaport Bank, Seadrift, Texas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Farmers Bank, San Antonio, Texas, but using Seaport Bank's routing number, are in circulation.

The counterfeit items include the routing number 113103768, which is assigned to Seaport Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. Displayed near the top border of the counterfeit items is a logo consisting of "1" superimposed on a map of the United States, encircled by a globe. To the right of the logo are the words "Farmers Bank, San Antonio, Texas" printed on two lines.

Authentic cashier's checks include Seaport Bank's logo, name, address and telephone number in the top-center portion of the check. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and a notice to customers are displayed in the lower-left corner.

A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of 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:

Shirley Caldwell
Assistant Cashier
First National Bank in Port Lavaca
101 Railroad Street
P.O. Box 670
Seadrift, Texas 77983
Telephone: (361) 785-5321
Fax: (361) 785-2162
E-mail: seaport@tisd.net

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 05/15/2006 communications@fdic.gov