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SA-104-2006
April 13, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Citizens Tri-Country Bank, Nashville, Tennessee, are reportedly in circulation.

Citizens Tri-County Bank, Dunlap, Tennessee, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing its name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 064102070, which is assigned to Citizens Tri-County Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks in appearance. The counterfeit items display an incorrect branch address (in Nashville, TN) in the top-center portion of the item. Printed above the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner is the statement "THE PURCHASER OF AN INDEMNITY BOND MAY BE REQUIRED BEFORE ANY CASHIER'S CHECK OF THIS BANK WILL BE REPLACED OR REFUNDED IN THE EVENT IT IS LOST, MISPLACED OR STOLEN."

Authentic items bear the words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" above the signature line in the lower-right corner. The checks are issued on green check stock paper with black borders and printing.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Brenda C. Daugherty
Vice President and General Auditor
Citizens Tri-County Bank
P.O. Box 697
Dunlap, Tennessee 37327
Telephone: (423) 949-2173
Fax: (423) 949-4562
E-mail: bdaughterty@ctcbonline.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/2006/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
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, 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 04/13/2006 communications@fdic.gov