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May 16, 2007

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official/Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks and official checks bearing the name Provident Bank are reportedly in circulation.

Provident Bank of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks and official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

Counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to U.S. Bank, St. Paul, Minnesota. Provident Bank of Maryland issues official checks through a Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., account at U.S. Bank.

There are currently two versions of counterfeit items identified. Both versions have the bank's logo and name printed in the top-left corner. The first version is light blue-green with blue double-lined borders on the top and sides. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed inside a blue rectangular box that is embedded within the top border. The second version is light green with dark-green borders at the top and bottom. "OFFICIAL CHECK" is printed in black below the top border. Descriptions of security features are embedded within the top and bottom borders.

Authentic checks are light blue with blue double-lined borders. The bank's name and logo are printed in black in the upper-left corner. "OFFICIAL CHECK" is embedded inside a pale-blue rectangular box that is embedded within the top border.

Copies of both counterfeit items and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

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

Sandra Lewis
Fraud Investigator
Provident Bank
114 Lexington Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Phone: (410) 277-7222
Fax: (410) 277-2768
E-mail: SHLewis@provbank.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other counterfeit 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. Questions 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/2007/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

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 5/16/2007 communications@fdic.gov