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ViewPoint Bank, Plano, Texas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the bank's name or its previous name, Community Credit Union, Plano, Texas, are in circulation.
The counterfeit items include the routing number 022000868, which is assigned to Citibank-New York State. ViewPoint Bank issues official checks through an Integrated Payment Systems, Inc. account held at Citibank. The counterfeit items display the bank's name or its previous name, mailing address and a toll-free telephone number in the top-left portion of the item. However, the zip code is missing a digit on the version using the name ViewPoint Bank, and the telephone numbers are not associated with the bank. The wording "Pay The Sum of" is located on a line between the telephone number and the wording "PAY TO THE ORDER OF." Also, there is a "Memo" area in the lower-left portion of the counterfeit items. The border on the right side ends near the signature line with a lock symbol displayed directly below the border.
Authentic official checks display the bank's mailing address, telephone number (972-578-5000), and web address (www.viewpointbank.com) in the top-left portion of the check. In addition, the left and right side borders continue to the bottom of the colored portion of the check, and a lock symbol appears inside the border on the right side of the check.
Copies of the counterfeit items and an authentic official check (VOID) are attached for your review.
Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each 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: email@example.com).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
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