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SA-156-2007
June 20, 2007


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

First State Bank, Noble, Oklahoma, 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 103008404, which is assigned to First State Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the bank's name, "Oklahoma City," state and zip code in the upper-left corner. The bank's name, "Oklahoma City," and state are repeated in the lower-left corner above the word "For." The italicized words "CASHIERS CHECK" are located slightly to the left of the center near the bottom of the item. The following security statement is embedded within the top border: "THIS INSTRUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND. VOID PANTOGRAPH AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." In addition, the items have a columned "VOID" background when copied.

Authentic checks display the bank's logo (the letters "F" and "S" inside of blocks), name, branch locations ("Noble-Norman-Wanette") and the words "***SINCE 1902***" in the top center. An indemnity bond "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" is displayed in the upper-left corner. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the lower-left corner. The statement "TWO (2) SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $5000.00" appears above two signature lines in the lower-right corner. The statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" are printed vertically above a security padlock icon displayed within the right border.

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:

Sharlene Willenberg
Vice President Operations
First State Bank
P.O. Box 599
102 North Main
Noble, Oklahoma 73068
Telephone: (405) 872-3434
Fax: (405) 872-5549
E-mail: swillenberg@fsbnoble.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 6/20/2007 communications@fdic.gov