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SA-64-2007
March 16, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Capital Bank & Trust Company, Albany, New York, are reportedly in circulation.

Capital Bank & Trust Company, Albany, New York, 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 are reportedly accompanied by a letter regarding winnings from a sweepstakes or lottery.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 021312971, which is assigned to Capital Bank & Trust Company. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are centered below the top border. The bank's name, branch office, address and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, appear above the lower-left corner. The bank's name and logo are printed in the upper-left corner. The bank name is repeated above the "Authorized Signature" line on the right side of the items. The items also include two lines below the top-right corner with the words "Initials (type)" and "Center" printed below those lines.

Capital Bank & Trust Company issues checks with the words "TREASURER'S CHECK" centered below the top border. The bank's logo, name and address are printed below the upper-left corner. The word "REMITTER" appears above the lower-left corner.

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

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

Rick Bromberg
Security & Information Technology Officer
Capital Bank & Trust Company
145 Wolf Road
Albany, New York 12205
Telephone: (518) 435-8901
Fax: (518) 438-0225
E-mail: rbromberg@capitalbank.com
Alternate contact:
Mary Pierson
Senior Vice President & Chief Operations Officer
Capital Bank & Trust Company
7 Southwoods Boulevard
Albany, New York 12211
Telephone: (518) 433-5817
Fax: (518) 438-1242
E-mail: mpierson@capitalbank.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. Questions 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/2007/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
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 3/16/2007 communications@fdic.gov