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December 21, 2007

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Star Bank of Texas, Fort Worth, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

Star Bank of Texas, Lake Worth, Texas, 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 are reportedly associated with a lottery scam and are accompanied by correspondence from "Kingsway Financial Investment."

The counterfeit items display the routing number 111924075, which is assigned to Star Bank of Texas. Star Bank of Texas issues cashier's checks, not official checks. The counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the security feature statement "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW" embedded in the top border. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are displayed in the top-center area. A logo appears inside a darkened rectangle above the bank name, street address and location in the top-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks have a scroll top border and ornate sides. They display the wording "ORIGINAL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT" incorporated in the top border. The bank's logo, telephone number, street address, P.O. Box and location are centered below the top border. The following security statement is printed beneath the written dollar amount line in a script font: "This document has a multi-color background, a micro-print signature line, and a holographic foil title; absence of these features will indicate a copy." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and a "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" regarding an indemnity bond are shown in the lower-left corner. A security padlock icon and a vertical security statement are incorporated into the right border. The statement "VOID AFTER SIX MONTHS" is shown above the 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:

Ada Young
Vice President and Compliance Officer
Star Bank of Texas
P.O. Box 137029
Fort Worth, Texas 76136
Telephone: (817) 238-7827
Fax: (817) 238-7820
E-mail: ada@starbanktexas.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
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 12/21/2007 communications@fdic.gov