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SA-284-2007
November 15, 2007


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

Bank of North Florida, Jacksonville, Florida, 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 053203210, which is assigned to the First National Bank of South Carolina. The items also display the bank name and a St. Petersburg, Florida, address in the top-left corner. The words "CASHIERS CHECK" are in the top center.

Authentic official checks are issued through an account at Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, and reflect the routing number 011007092. "Official Check" is displayed in the top-right corner. The bank’s name and a Jacksonville, Florida, address are shown beneath a bridge logo in the top center. Authentic checks have a micro-print signature line.

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:

Leya Neizvest
Vice President for Compliance and Bank Secrecy Act Officer
Security and Corporate
Bank of North Florida
135 W. Bay Street
Jacksonville, Florida 32202
Telephone: (904) 446-1952
Fax: (904) 446-1977
E-mail: lneizvest@bonfl.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 11/15/2007 communications@fdic.gov