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SA-41-2008
February 25, 2008


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

First Federal Community Bank of Bucyrus, Bucyrus, Ohio, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The items are reportedly associated with a "secret shopper" scam.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 241270233, which is assigned to First Federal Community Bank of Bucyrus. First Federal Community Bank of Bucyrus does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue official checks.

The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. A toll-free telephone number ("1.888.360.9571"), which is not associated with the bank, is shown below "Bucyrus, OH" and next to the bank's logo and name in the top-left corner. "RE" and a "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" regarding an indemnity bond appear in the lower-left corner. The signature line is preceded by "PER," and "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" is shown below the signature line.

Authentic official checks are light blue with red check numbers. The bank's logo, name and branch locations (Bucyrus, New Washington, and Marysville) are in the top-left corner. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are centered within a royal blue band that spreads across the entire check. The words "REMITTER" and "ADDRESS" appear in the lower-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:

Lynn Brewer
Vice President and Chief Operations Officer
First Federal Community Bank of Bucyrus
119 South Sandusky Avenue
Bucyrus, Ohio 44820
Telephone: (419) 562-7055
Fax: (419) 562-5516
E-mail: lbrewer@ffcb.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/2008/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 2/25/2008 communications@fdic.gov