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October 26, 2004

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Bank Drafts
Summary: Counterfeit bank drafts drawn on State Bank of India (California), Los Angeles, California, are reportedly in circulation.

State Bank of India (California), Los Angeles, California, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit bank drafts bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 122039344 for State Bank of India (California). The bank no longer issues these bank drafts. A copy of a counterfeit item is attached for your review.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Shaila Patankar
Vice President
State Bank of India (California)
Los Angeles Branch
707 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1995
Los Angeles, California 90017
Telephone: (213) 623-7250 Ext. 35
Fax: (213) 622-8082
Information about these instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4040, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2004/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks - commercial and savings). Printed copies of the Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (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 10/26/2004 communications@fdic.gov