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SA-77-2010
June 14, 2010


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Checks
Summary: Counterfeit checks bearing the name Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, New York, are reportedly in circulation.

The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh, Brooklyn, New York, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 226070306, which is assigned to The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh. The bank's name and street address appear in the top center. A padlock security icon appears above an "Authorized Signature" line in the lower-right corner.

Authentic official checks display the bank's name and address in the top-right corner. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are displayed inside of a box in the top center. A security feature statement appears below the top border on either side of the box. A padlock security icon appears above the payee line in the lower-right corner. Two microprint "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" lines appear along the bottom. A "MEMO" line and restrictive feature statement 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:

Stephen Varriale
Vice President
The Dime Savings Bank of Williamsburgh
209 Havemeyer Street
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Telephone: (516) 338-7900
Fax: (516) 338-8536
E-mail: svarriale@dime.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-3054, 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/2010/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 6/14/2010 communications@fdic.gov