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August 14, 2005

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Checks
Summary: Counterfeit checks drawn on The Chelsea Groton Savings Bank, Norwich, Connecticut, are reportedly in circulation.

The Chelsea Groton Savings Bank, Norwich, Connecticut, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 211173357 for The Chelsea Groton Savings Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. In the counterfeit items, the bank name is stacked with one word on top of the other (“Chelsea” on top, “Groton” in the middle and “Bank” at the bottom) in the upper-left portion of the item. In authentic checks, the bank name appears horizontally as “ChelseaGroton Bank” (no space between “Chelsea” and “Groton”), preceded by the bank logo, in the upper-left portion of the check. Also in authentic checks, the wording “Treasurer's Check” appears in the top-center area of the check; counterfeit items do not include this wording. A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Donna Thompson
Assistant Treasurer, Security Officer
The Chelsea Groton Savings Bank
1 Franklin Square
Norwich, Connecticut 06360
Telephone: (860) 823-4906
Fax: (860) 823-4901

Information about these instruments 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. 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.

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Christopher J. Spoth


Acting 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 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)

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