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SA-183-2008
August 22, 2008


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Allegiance Community Bank, South Orange, New Jersey, are reportedly in circulation.

Allegiance Community Bank, South Orange, New Jersey, 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 031918543, which is assigned to Allegiance Bank of North America, located in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. Allegiance Community Bank's checks display the routing number 021213481.

The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center and the word "REMITTER" appears in the bottom left. The bank's name, logo, location, zip code and a toll-free telephone number appear in the top-left corner.

Authentic checks are issued as "TREASURER'S CHECKS." They display the routing number 021213481, which is assigned to Allegiance Community Bank. The bank's name, logo and address are centered in the top portion. Lines are displayed for "REMITTER," "DATE," "PAY TO THE ORDER OF," and the written dollar amount.

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:

Stephen J. Buraczynski
Assistant Vice President for Information Technology, Security, and Facilities
Allegiance Community Bank
200 Valley Street
South Orange, New Jersey 07079
Telephone: (973) 761-5553, extension 116
Fax: (973) 761- 5119
E-mail: SBuraczynski@allegiancebank.com

Alternate Contacts:

Michael Williams
Branch Manager
Allegiance Community Bank
200 Valley Street
South Orange, New Jersey 07079
Telephone: (973) 761-5553, extension 104
Fax: (973) 954-9726
Taj Bhangoo
Assistant Vice President Branch Manager
Allegiance Community Bank
34 Main Street, Suite 1
Woodbridge, New Jersey 07095
Telephone: (732) 636-0077, extension 203
Fax: (732) 636-9108

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 8/22/2008 communications@fdic.gov