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SA-49-2008
February 25, 2008


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Ballinger National Bank, Ballinger, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

Ballinger National Bank, Ballinger, 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 items are reportedly associated with an advance fee scam.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 111302600, which is assigned to Ballinger National Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display security feature statements embedded in darkened top and bottom borders. The bank's name ("Ballinger National Bank") and address appear in the top-left corner. The items have a "VOID" background when copied. The words "REMITTER" and "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" are also shown.

Authentic cashier's checks display a box with rounded corners containing "Ballinger's Bank" and "BALLINGER NATIONAL BANK" incorporated into the bottom border in the top-left corner. Below the box are the bank's telephone number, P.O. Box, location and "Member F.D.I.C." "PURCHASER" appears in the top-left corner. "VICE-PRESIDENT ASS'T CASHIER" is shown below the signature line in the lower-right corner.

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

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

Clay Springer
Security Officer
Ballinger National Bank
P.O. Box 660
Ballinger, Texas 76821
Telephone: (325) 365-3512
Fax: (325) 365-2728
E-mail: clay@ballingernationalbank.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. Questions 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 website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2008/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
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 2/25/2008 communications@fdic.gov