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SA-51-2005
May 9, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on American Bank of Commerce, Wolfforth, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

American Bank of Commerce, Wolfforth, Texas, 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 routing number of 114917814, which is the routing number for the bank's Austin, Texas, branch. The counterfeit items and authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks have the blue and red bank logo screened across the backdrop of the check; a repeating red "ABC" decorative border on both sides of the check face; and two signature lines with the wording "Two signatures required over $1,000.00" located above the top signature line. Authentic checks also list the city names of Wolfforth, Lubbock and Austin below the logo. The counterfeit items have one signature line, do not have the "ABC Bank" backdrop, and list the city name of Houston, Texas, below the logo. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Judith Sisson
Vice President
American Bank of Commerce
P.O. Drawer 9
Wolfforth, Texas 79382
Telephone: (806) 775-5038
Fax: (806) 775-5075
Email: jsisson@theabcbank.com

Information about these instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4040, 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.

Michael J. Zamorski
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 05/09/2005 communications@fdic.gov