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SA-13-2010
February 1, 2010


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Investors Savings Bank, Short Hills, New Jersey, are reportedly in circulation.

Investors Savings Bank, Short Hills, New Jersey, 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 display the routing number 221272031, which is assigned to Investors Savings Bank. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear in the middle of the items. The word "DOLLARS" appears on the right side. One signature line is displayed in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks have ornate top and bottom borders. The words "MEMBER FDIC" appear in the top-left corner below the bank's name and location. A "REMITTTER" line appears in the lower-left corner. The word "DOLLARS" is displayed in the middle of the checks. A restrictive feature statement appears above two "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" lines.

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:

Kathy Gerling
Demand Deposit Account Coordinator
Investors Savings Bank
101 JFK Parkway
Short Hills, New Jersey 07078
Telephone: (973) 924-5125
Fax: (973) 376-1217
E-mail: kgerling@isbnj.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-3054, 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/2010/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 2/1/2010 communications@fdic.gov