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SA-33-2009
February 25, 2009


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

OmniAmerican Bank, Fort Worth, 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 102000979, which is assigned to JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Denver, Colorado. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items display a padlock icon and security feature statement on the right side. The word "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks display the routing number 122234822, which is assigned to U.S. Bank, National Association, San Diego, California. OmniAmerican Bank issues its cashier's checks through MoneyGram International, Inc. using a payable-through account at U.S. Bank National Association. The authentic cashier's checks display a Thermochromic security feature at the end of 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:

Angel Grizzle
Vice President Corporate Security
OmniAmerican Bank
1320 South University Drive, Suite 500
Forth Worth, Texas 76107
Telephone: (817) 367-4627
E-mail: angel.grizzle@omniamerican.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/2009/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

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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 2/25/2009 communications@fdic.gov