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May 1, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Rockport National Bank, Rockport Massachusetts, are reportedly in circulation.

Rockport National Bank, Rockport, Massachusetts, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 11305260; however, Rockport National Bank's actual routing number 011305260. The counterfeit items are dissimilar in appearance to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the middle of the left side of the item, and the bank name, city, state and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, in the top-center portion. The counterfeit items are blue and pink. The items also have two signature areas, each following the word "Per," which is printed twice in the lower-right corner. "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING" is printed in the lower-right corner, and the reverse side has a listing of four security features. The word "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner, and a padlock symbol is printed in the top-right corner.

Authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. The checks are printed on light blue paper and have one signature line in the lower-right corner.

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:

Kathryn Bruni
Security Officer
Rockport National Bank
16 Main Street
Rockport, Massachusetts 01966
Phone: (978) 546-3411
Direct: (978) 309-1230
Fax: (978) 546-3263
E-mail: kbruni@rockportnational.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 website 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 05/01/2006 communications@fdic.gov