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January 4, 2008

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Teller Checks
Summary: Counterfeit teller checks bearing the name Connecticut State Employees' Credit Union, Inc., Hartford, Connecticut, are reportedly in circulation.

Connecticut State Employees' Credit Union, Inc. (CSE Credit Union, Inc.), Hartford, Connecticut, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit teller checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a "Secret Shopper" scam.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 011900445, which is assigned to Bank of America N.A. CSE Credit Union, Inc., issues teller checks through Bank of America N.A. (formerly Fleet Bank, Hartford, Connecticut).

The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic teller checks and have red and blue borders and change from red to blue in color. Embedded in a blue top border is the security feature statement "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A RED & BLUE BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW." A rounded rectangle is displayed across the top of the items containing the bank's name, location, slogan and check number. The statement "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING" is shown in blue print below the signature line. The security statements "ABSENCE OF PINK U.S. PATENT NUMBERS UNDER SIGNATURE INDICATES CHECK IS FRAUDULENT. PATENT NUMBERS ARE PRINTED WITH HEAT SENSITIVE INK & WILL DISAPPEAR WHEN BLOWING OR RUBBING" are shown in pink print below the micro data line.

Authentic teller checks display a rounded rectangle with a white background across the top portion containing the bank's check number (printed in red), name and slogan (printed light blue), and location and telephone number "(860) 522-5388." The lower half of the check is light blue in color. Checks also have a perforated top border.

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:

Scott Cormier
Risk Manager
Connecticut State Employees' Credit Union, Inc.
84 Wadsworth Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06106
Telephone: (860) 249-4839
Fax: (860) 525-4077
E-mail: Csecu4@aol.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/2008/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 1/8/2008 communications@fdic.gov