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SA-125-2005
September 19, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier’s checks drawn on Greenfield Savings Bank, Greenfield, Massachusetts, are reportedly in circulation.

Greenfield Savings Bank, Greenfield, Massachusetts, 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 proper routing number of 211870799 for Greenfield Savings Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The layout, style and fonts are different. The counterfeit items include the words “Cashier’s Check” in the top-center portion of the check under the name of the bank; authentic checks include the words “CASHIERS CHECK” within the scroll border at both the top- and bottom-center areas of the check. A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Kate Stevens
Compliance & Security Officer
Greenfield Savings Bank
400 Main Street
P.O. Box 1537
Greenfield, Massachusetts 01302
Telephone: (413) 775-8119
Fax: (413) 772-2943
kstevens@greenfieldsavings.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. Information 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 Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2005/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Christopher J. Spoth
Acting 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 online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks – commercial and savings). Printed copies of the Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (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 09/19/2005 communications@fdic.gov