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SA-118-2007
May 3, 2007


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

Frontenac Bank, Earth City, Missouri, 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 081018833, which is assigned to Frontenac Bank. The items also display a sea shell design along the top and side borders. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is embedded inside a rectangle centered within the top border. The following security statement is printed on either side of the rectangle and directly below the top border: "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." The bank's name is printed above the "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" line near the lower-right corner, and a "MEMO" line appears above the lower-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks display "CASHIERS CHECK" centered at the top, directly below a security feature description. The statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $50,000.00" appears above the "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" lines near the lower-right corner. A security padlock symbol appears in the lower-right corner. The word "FOR" is displayed in the upper-left corner below the bank's logo, name and address.

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:

Maureen Nelson
Senior Vice President
Frontenac Bank
801 South Lindbergh
St. Louis, Missouri 63131
Phone: (314) 298-8200
Fax: (314) 569-5301
E-mail: mnelson@frontenacbank.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other counterfeit 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 5/3/2007 communications@fdic.gov