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SA-296-2007
December 19, 2007


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

Texas Bank and Trust Company, Longview, Texas, 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 are reportedly associated with a lottery scam and are accompanied by a letter from Lucky For Life Freedom Financial, Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 111923238, which is assigned to Texas Bank and Trust Company, Longview, Texas. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and have a blue or pink background with a red, white and blue logo. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are centered above the written dollar amount. The bank's logo (symbol and name inside a darkened rectangle) and the address ("6530 South Broadway, Tyler, TX 75703") are in the top-left corner. The words "DATE" and "AMOUNT" are centered inside darkened rectangles on the right side. The statement "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING" and U.S. patent numbers are printed below a single signature line.

Authentic cashier's checks have a blue background and blue logo. A security padlock and security statement appear vertically along the right border. The bank's logo, name and address ("P.O. Box 3188, Longview, Texas 75606") are centered below the top border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and an indemnity bond statement are displayed in the lower-left corner. The word "REMITTER" appears in the top-left corner and there are two signature lines below "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" in the lower-right corner.

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:

Scott Dickerson
Senior Vice President
Risk Management Department
Texas Bank and Trust Company
P.O. Box 3188
Longview, Texas 75606
Telephone: (903) 237-5508
Fax: (903) 237-5645
E-mail: sdickerson@texasbankandtrust.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 12/19/2007 communications@fdic.gov