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SA-255-2006
August 31, 2006


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

Capitol City Bank & Trust Company, Atlanta, Georgia, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 061004812, which is assigned to Capitol City Bank & Trust Company. However, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. On the counterfeit items, "Capitol City Bank, Atlanta, GA" appears on two lines in the upper-right corner above the check date box. Printed twice below the ornate top border is the statement: "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK."

Authentic checks have a foil strip hologram along the top, and the issuing branch name is printed below the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center. The bank's capitol dome logo, name and address appear in the lower-left corner. A padlock symbol and a security feature statement appear on the right side. Authentic checks are printed on security document paper that fades from pink to green.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items may be modified and that additional variations are possible.

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

Mary M. Hollis
Compliance Officer
562 Lee Street
Atlanta, Georgia 30310
Phone: (404) 752-6067 Extension 272
Fax: (404) 752-5862
E-mail: mhollis@capitolcitybank-atl.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 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: publicinfo@fdic.gov).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)




Last Updated 8/31/2006 communications@fdic.gov