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SA-197-2006
July 14, 2006


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

Greenville First Bank, N.A., Greenville, South Carolina, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The bank issues official checks rather than cashier's checks.

The counterfeit items bear the routing number 111036002, which is not assigned to Greenville First Bank. In addition, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items include the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion of the check. The bank's name is printed in the upper-left corner with a heavy black line and a thin black line bordering the bank's name above and below it.

Authentic checks bear the routing number 053208011, which is assigned to Greenville First Bank. The checks have a light gray background and display "OFFICIAL CHECK" directly below a hologram in the top center. Embedded within the hologram are the words "SECURE" and "GENUINE." In addition, the statement "THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK AND MICROPRINTED SIGNATURE LINE" is embedded within the top border of authentic checks.

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

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

Gwen G. Bridges
Senior Vice President for Risk Management
Greenville First Bank, N.A.
P.O. Box 17465
Greenville, South Carolina 29606
Telephone: (864) 679-9000
Fax: (864) 679-9098
E-mail: gbridges@greenvillefirst.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 electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each 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 7/14/2006 communications@fdic.gov