November 7, 2005
||CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security
||Counterfeit Official Checks
||Counterfeit official checks drawn on Putnam Savings Bank,
Putnam, Connecticut, are reportedly in circulation.
Putnam Savings Bank, Putnam, Connecticut, 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 211174220, which
is assigned to Putnam Savings Bank. Authentic checks are referred to
checks. Both counterfeit versions are referred to as official checks and
they are dissimilar to authentic official checks in style, font and layout.
In addition, a "1-800" telephone number appears on one version
of the counterfeit checks. A copy of the counterfeit items and an authentic
official check (VOID) are attached for your review.
Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to
the attention of:
Assistant Security Officer
Putnam Savings Bank
P.O. Box 151
Putnam, Connecticut 06260
Telephone: (860) 928-6501
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 email@example.com. 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
||Christopher J. Spoth
Division of Supervision and Consumer
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)