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SA-203-2006
July 27, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Tecumseh Building and Loan Association, Tecumseh, Nebraska, are reportedly in circulation.

Tecumseh Federal Bank, Tecumseh, Nebraska (formerly known as Tecumseh Building and Loan), 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 096016765, which is a payable through US Bank, St. Paul, MN, and are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks in appearance. The counterfeit items bear the name "Tecumseh Building & Loan Association" in the top-left corner, the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center above the bank's address, the phrase "PAYABLE THROUGH US BANK ST PAUL, MN" in the lower left, and one authorized signature line in the lower right.

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's logo next to the bank's name in the upper-left corner. In the top center, directly above the bank's address and telephone number, are the words "CASHIER'S CHECK." Authentic checks include the statement "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A SAFETY PAPER BACKGROUND, MICRO-PRINT AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK, LOOK FOR THESE FEATURES WHEN ACCEPTING" below the dollar amount line and the statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED" above the signature lines.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items may be modified and that additional variations are possible.

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

John Murphy
Vice President
Tecumseh Federal Bank
160 N. 4th Street
Tecumseh, Nebraska 68540-0318
Phone: (402) 335-3384
Fax: (402) 335-4023
E-mail: murphytbl@neb.rr.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 electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each 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 07/27/2006 communications@fdic.gov