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SA-310-2007
December 20, 2007


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

Conestoga Bank, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 036002069, which is assigned to First Penn Bank. First Penn Bank was acquired by Conestoga Bank in May 2007. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items are pink with a maroon top border. The items also display the security feature statement "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER" within the top border. Centered between two padlock icons in the bottom border are the security statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" (with an apostrophe) appear above the signature line.

Authentic cashier's checks are peach in color with orange top and bottom borders. The security statement "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND-NOT A WHITE BACKGROUND" is centered between two padlock icons within the top border. The statement "THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK-HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW" is embedded within the bottom border. The words "CASHIERS CHECK" (without an apostrophe) appear above the signature line. The bank's telephone number ("215-979-7900") is printed below the bank's name, logo and address in the top-left 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:

Compliance Officer
Conestoga Bank
165 Pottstown Pike
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania 19425
Telephone: (610) 321-6900
Fax: (610) 321-6924

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 12/20/2007 communications@fdic.gov