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SA-266-2007
October 1, 2007


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

Chesapeake Bank of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, 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 061008766, which is assigned to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. Chesapeake Bank of Maryland issues checks through the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" near the top center. "East Baltimore Office" and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, are displayed immediately below. The printed dollar amount and date are displayed in a table format. The serial number contains eight digits.

Authentic checks display the bank's full name ("Chesapeake Bank of Maryland") along with its logo and main office mailing address in the top-left corner. Security statements are included in both the top and bottom borders.

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:

Gail E. Smith
Senior Vice President
Chesapeake Bank of Maryland
2001 E. Joppa Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
Telephone: (410) 665-7600, extension 3063
Fax: (410) 665-8604
E-mail: gsmith@chesapeakebank.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 http://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 10/1/2007 communications@fdic.gov