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SA-139-2006
May 5, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Enterprise Federal Savings Bank, Largo, Maryland, and a routing number assigned to First Liberty National Bank, Washington, D.C., are reportedly in circulation.

First Liberty National Bank, Washington, D.C., has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the name Enterprise Federal Savings Bank, Largo, Maryland, are in circulation. Enterprise Federal Savings Bank merged into First Liberty National Bank in 2003 and no longer issues checks using the former name.

The counterfeit official items include the routing number 055073480, which is assigned to First Liberty National Bank. However, First Liberty National Bank issues cashier's checks, which bear the routing number 054001602, a routing number also assigned to First Liberty National Bank. Counterfeit items display the wording "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the top-center portion of the item. "ENTERPRISE FEDERAL SAVINGS BANK" followed by a Largo, Maryland address, is shown in the top-left corner of the item. Counterfeit items display two signature lines.

Authentic checks display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left portion of the check and display one signature line. To the right of the bank's logo consisting of a flag inside a square is: "FIRST LIBERTY NATIONAL BANK, 1146 19TH ST NW, WASHINGTON, D.C. 20036." A copy 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:

Mary Queen
Senior Vice President
First Liberty National Bank
1146 19th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 331-7031
Fax: (202) 452-2189

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 05/05/2006 communications@fdic.gov