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November 17, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit State of Florida Checks
Summary: Counterfeit State of Florida checks are reportedly in circulation.

The State of Florida has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks are in circulation. These checks appear to be drawn on a Bank of America account and display "Division of Treasury, 200 East Gaines Street, Tallahassee, FL 32399" as the accountholder. To date, the counterfeit checks have been presented in New York and New Jersey. Also, it appears these counterfeit checks are being deposited at automated teller machines (ATMs).

Financial institutions and consumers who receive State of Florida checks under suspicious circumstances, or who have received checks with the aforementioned characteristics, may contact Mary Garvin with the Florida Treasury at (850) 413-3379 or via e-mail at Mary.Gavin@fldfs.com for further information.

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
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center (1-877-275-3342).

Last Updated 11/17/2006 communications@fdic.gov