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SA-97-2010
July 19, 2010


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Enterprise Bank of South Carolina are reportedly in circulation.

Enterprise Bank of South Carolina, Ehrhardt, South Carolina, 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 053202871, which is assigned to Enterprise Bank of South Carolina. The items have a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlock icons. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are in the top-right corner.

Enterprise Bank of South Carolina does not issue official checks; however, it does issue bank money orders that are blue with the bank's logo repeated as background. A silver eagle hologram is shown at the top. A security feature statement is embedded in darkened top and bottom borders. Bank money orders are printed on chemical reactive paper, and the pink rectangle containing the dollar amount, when rubbed or breathed upon, fades and then gradually returns to normal.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic bank money order (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:

Rachel B. Gohagan
Operations Supervisor
Enterprise Bank of South Carolina
13497 Broxton Bridge Road
Ehrhardt, South Carolina 29081
Telephone: (803) 267-2408
Fax: (803) 267-2316
E-mail: rgohagan@ebanksc.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 7/19/2010 communications@fdic.gov