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SA-180-2007
July 3, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Lenexa, Kansas, are reportedly in circulation.

CommunityAmerica Credit Union, Lenexa, Kansas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 022000868, which is assigned to Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Englewood, Colorado. CommunityAmerica Credit Union issues official checks through an Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., account held at Citibank, N.A., Buffalo, New York. The counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks and have a security feature description embedded within the top border. The bank's logo and name are displayed inside a darkened rectangle in the top-left corner.

Authentic checks have a blue cubed background and display a dark blue border across the top. A security feature description is printed along the bottom border. Near the center is an embossment containing eight arrowheads pointing right toward "PAY ONLY," and the printed amount.

Copies of a counterfeit item 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:

Jerry Affolter
Fraud Investigator, Loss Prevention Services
CommunityAmerica Credit Union
9777 Ridge Drive
Lenexa, Kansas 66219
Telephone: (913) 905-8044
Fax: (913) 905-7044
E-mail: jaffolter@cacu.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. 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
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 7/3/2007 communications@fdic.gov