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SA-223-2007
August 10, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Sentry Bank & Trust, Cheraw, South Carolina, are reportedly in circulation.

Sentry Bank & Trust, Cheraw, South Carolina, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 021309379, which is invalid. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. On the counterfeit items, the words "Serial Number" are printed below "OFFICIAL CHECK" near the top-right corner. The bank's name is printed in the top-left corner. "SENTRY BANK, N.A. - CHERAW, SC" and "PAYABLE THROUGH SENTRY BANK, N.A. CHERAW, SC" are printed in the lower-left corner. "VOID AFTER 60 DAYS" is in the lower-center area. The word "DATE" appears to the left of "PAY THIS AMOUNT" on the right side.

Authentic official checks display the routing number 253271987, which is assigned to Sentry Bank & Trust. The checks have ornate borders and contain security feature statements in the top and bottom borders. A crisscross-patterned thumb area appears in the top portion with "PATENT#" printed above and "TamperSafe" below. The bank's logo and name appear in the top-left corner. "ACCOUNT NUMBER" appears to the left of "PAY THIS AMOUNT" on the right side.

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:

Michelle Stanley
Assistant Operations Manager and Assistant Controller
Sentry Bank & Trust
901 Chesterfield Highway
Cheraw, South Carolina 29520
Telephone: (843) 537-7656
Fax: (843) 537-4380
E-mail: mstanley@sentrybt.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 8/10/2007 communications@fdic.gov