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SA-176-2005
November 29, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks of First National Bank, Hermitage, Pennsylvania, are reportedly in circulation.

First National Bank, Hermitage, Pennsylvania, contacted the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 043001435, which is assigned to the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh (Pennsylvania). The counterfeit items also display the bank's name in the top-center portion of the check. However, the bank's name is followed by an incorrect address and telephone number: 490 E. North Avenue, Pittsburg, PA 15212, 1-888-239-1658. The words "FIRST NATIONAL" appear in the upper-left corner of the check, and the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the lower-left corner of the check.

Authentic checks display the logo of shaking hands in front of a flag and the bank's name appears in the top-left portion of the check. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in an enclosed box in the top-center portion of the check, with the "Remitter" line directly beneath. Also, "DRAWER: FIRST NATIONAL BANK OF PENNSYLVANIA" appears in the lower- left portion of the check.

To verify the authenticity of a First National Bank cashier's check, or to provide any information you have concerning this matter, please contact:

Charles R. Herdt
Security Consultant
First National Bank
One FNB Boulevard
Hermitage, Pennsylvania 16148
Telephone: (724) 983-4916
Fax: (724)983-3290
herdt@fnb-corp.com

Additional information about this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of OCC may be forwarded to:

Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Enforcement & Compliance Division, MS 8-10
250 E. Street, SW
Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301
Email: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
Internet: http://www.occ.gov

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

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

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Last Updated 11/29/2005 communications@fdic.gov