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September 13, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Fraudulent Cashier's Checks
Summary: Fraudulent cashier's checks bearing the name Prosperity Bank, St. Augustine, Florida, are reportedly in circulation.

Prosperity Bank, St. Augustine, Florida, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that fraudulent cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The fraudulent items display the routing number 113122655, which is assigned to Prosperity Bank, El Campo, Texas. The fraudulent items are pink in color and display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion. A circular logo, bank name, address, "MEMBER FDIC" and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, are printed in the upper- left corner. A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" is printed in the lower-left corner, and a statement regarding security features is embedded within the top border.

Prosperity Bank, St. Augustine, Florida, does not issue cashier's checks. Prosperity Bank does, however, issue teller checks with a blue background.

A copy of a fraudulent item is attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items may be modified and that additional variations are possible.

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

Leane M. Damminger
Fraud and Forgery Officer
Prosperity Bank
P.O. Box 1690
St. Augustine, Florida 32085
Telephone: 800-347-9680
Fax: 904-417-9052
E-mail: ldamminger@prosperitybank.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 5/28/2009 communications@fdic.gov