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SA-214-2007
August 8, 2007


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

Town Center Bank, Frankfort, 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 071926634, which is assigned to Town Center Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement within the top border and a security padlock icon on the right side. The bank's logo; name, repeated twice; city; state; a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank ("1.888.416.7255"); and "Name of Payee" are printed in the top-left corner. "DRAWER: TOWN CENTER BANK" is shown in the top-right corner and "for TOWN CENTER BANK" is shown below the printed dollar amount line. Two signature lines with the title "SIGNING OFFICER" printed below each are in the lower-right corner. "REMITTER: FAMILY USA INC" is shown below the signature lines.

Authentic checks have an ornate border and are gray in color. The bank's logo and name appear near the top-left corner. To the right of the logo and name is the bank's address ("515 North LaGrange Road, Frankfort, IL 60423"). "DATE" and "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" are printed on the left side. "ACCOUNT NUMBER" and "AMOUNT" are printed on the right side. The checks have one signature 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:

Eileen Pallisard-Brannan
Operations Officer
Town Center Bank
9700 West 197th Street
Mokena, Illinois 60448
Telephone: (708) 478-7741
Fax: (708) 478-3860
E-mail: e.pallisard@towncenterbank.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 8/8/2007 communications@fdic.gov