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SA-188-2007
July 5, 2007


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

Brickyard Bank, Lincolnwood, Illinois, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 071002422, which is assigned to Brickyard Bank, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the following security statement embedded within the dark top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The words "Cashier's Check," "Date" and "Branch" appear on the upper-right side. The bank's name and "bb" logo appear inside a shaded rectangle in the upper-left corner. The bank name, address and a telephone number ("1-888-811-1041"), which is not associated with the bank, appear to the right of the logo. The items display a "MEMO" line in the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks have ornate borders and display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. The bank's name, "bb" logo, address and telephone number, "(847) 679-2265," are displayed in the top center. The following security statement is displayed directly below the printed dollar amount line: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, WATERMARK AND A THERMOCHROMIC ICON; ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." An indemnity bond statement appears above the signature area. A padlock icon and the statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" appear to the right of "DOLLARS" at the right end of the printed dollar amount line.

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:

Patricia S. Godinez
Senior Vice President and Cashier
Brickyard Bank
6676 North Lincoln Avenue
Lincolnwood, Illinois 60712
Telephone: (847) 679-2265
Fax: (847) 679-9077
E-mail: pgodinez@brickyardbank.net

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 7/5/2007 communications@fdic.gov