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SA-18-2008
January 14, 2008


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks Bearing the Name Huntington State Bank, Huntington, Texas, are Reportedly in Circulation.

Huntington State Bank, Huntington, Texas, 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 113123667, which is assigned to Huntington State Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier’s checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and in the bottom border between two padlock icons. The words “CASHIER’S CHECK” are displayed in the top-center area. A toll-free telephone number (“1-888-461-6614”), which is not associated with the bank, is printed below “Huntington, TX” to the right of the bank’s name in the upper-left corner. A “NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS” statement regarding an indemnity bond is displayed in the lower-left corner. The items are blue with dark blue borders.

Authentic cashier’s checks are payable through an account at Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, and reflect the routing number 011007092. They display the words “CASHIER’S CHECK” vertically along the left side. The bank’s logo, name, street address, branch locations and the phrase “Member FDIC” appear in the top-left corner. The dollar amount is displayed inside an elongated octagon in the middle portion.

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:

David R. Madrid
Assistant Vice President and BSA & Security Officer
Huntington State Bank
208 Highway 69 South
Huntington, Texas 75949
Telephone: (936) 633-2086
Fax: (936)-462-8027
E-mail: dmadrid@huntingtonstatebank.com
Alternate Contact:
Ken Marshall
Chief Operations Officer
Huntington State Bank
208 Highway 69 South
Huntington, Texas 75949
Telephone: (936) 633-2059
Fax: (936) 462-8027
E-mail: kmarshall@huntingtonstatebank.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
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 1/14/2008 communications@fdic.gov