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SA-128-2005
September 26, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier’s checks drawn on Royal Oaks Bank, ssb, Houston, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

Royal Oaks Bank, ssb, Houston, Texas, 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 routing number 113093865, which is assigned to Royal Oaks Bank, ssb, Houston, Texas. However, the items are markedly dissimilar. Authentic cashier’s checks use the wording “Cashier’s Check” in the bottom-left portion of the check, with the bank logo in the top-center portion of the check. Counterfeit items have the wording “Cashier’s Check” in a box in the center-top portion of the check, with the logo in the top-left portion of the check. Authentic checks do not have any trim around the edges, while counterfeit checks have pattern trim. 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:

Dede Henning
Vice President and Assistant Cashier
Royal Oaks Bank, ssb
1200 Westheimer Road, Suite 100
Houston, Texas 77077
Telephone: (281) 940-0170
Fax: (281) 940-0163
dhenning@royaloaksbank.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-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.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2005/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

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)




Last Updated 09/26/2005 communications@fdic.gov