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SA-171-2007
July 2, 2007


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

Meridian Bank Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, 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 111000615, which is not a valid routing number, and are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the following security statement embedded within the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." "Meridian Bank, Ft. Worth, Texas" is printed in the upper-left corner and "MEMO" is printed in the lower-left corner. The dollar amount appears inside a rectangle on the right side.

Authentic checks display the routing number 111925508, which is assigned to Meridian Bank Texas. The top border contains the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" printed six times. The bottom border contains the following security feature description: "THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICAL WATERMARK. HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW." The bank's logo, name, P.O. Box, city, state, zip code, and the word "REMITTER" appear in the upper-left corner. A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS REGARDING OFFICIAL BANK CHECKS" and a "PURPOSE" line are printed in the lower- left corner. Authentic checks have a "VOID" background when copied.

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:

Gordon Brucks
Senior Vice President and Operations Manager
Meridian Bank Texas
915 Florence Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Telephone: (817) 334-4673
Fax: (817) 810-0272
E-mail: Gordon.Brucks@meridianbanktexas.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 7/2/2007 communications@fdic.gov