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SA-43-2008
February 25, 2008


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Checks
Summary: Counterfeit checks bearing the name Langley Federal Credit Union, Hampton, Virginia, are reportedly in circulation.

Langley Federal Credit Union, Hampton, Virginia, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The items are reportedly associated with Internet sales and overpayment scams.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to U.S. Bank, St. Paul, Minnesota. Langley Federal Credit Union issues official checks through Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, using a payable-through account at U.S. Bank.

The counterfeit items are very similar to authentic checks; however, the counterfeit items display an incorrect word usage ("This") in the security feature statement embedded in the top border: "THIS FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MULTICOLOR BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER." Authentic checks display the security feature statement "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MULTICOLOR BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER" embedded in the top border.

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:

Tricia Driscoll
Accounting Coordinator
Langley Federal Credit Union
1055 West Mercury Boulevard
Hampton, Virginia 23666
Telephone: (757) 827-7200, extension 2253

Alternate Contacts:

Digna Haruguchi
General Ledger Clerk
Langley Federal Credit Union
1055 West Mercury Boulevard
Hampton, Virginia 23666
Telephone: (757) 827-7200, extension 2252
Richetta Brown
Assistant Vice President of Accounting
Langley Federal Credit Union
1055 West Mercury Boulevard
Hampton, Virginia 23666
Email: rbrown@langleyfcu.org

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