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SA-87-2006
April 12, 2006


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

Monson Savings Bank, Monson, Massachusetts, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that fraudulent cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The fraudulent items display the routing number 211871219, which is assigned to Monson Savings Bank; however, Monson Savings Bank does not issue cashier's checks. The fraudulent items also bear the bank's logo and name in the upper-left corner above the words "Cashier's Check." The bank's name, a branch address and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, are printed in the top-center portion. A statement describing security features, including a reference to a watermark, is printed in the top border. A copy of a fraudulent item is attached for your review.

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

Karen M. Cartier
Fraud Supervisor
Monson Savings Bank
146 Main Street
Monson, MA 01057
Telephone: (413) 267-1212
Fax: (413) 267-3705
E-mail: kcartier@monsonsavings.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/2006/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
  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, 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 04/12/2006 communications@fdic.gov