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SA-120-2009
July 21, 2009


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

First Associations Bank, Dallas, 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 011007092, which is a payable-through account issued by Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, and drawn on Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, Boston, Massachusetts. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items are green. The bank logo is blue and gold. A security feature statement is embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The American Bankers Association institution number is missing and the watermark on the back is DocuGard.

Authentic checks are blue. The bank logo is solid blue. The security feature statement is displayed below the top border. The watermark on the back is MGI.

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:

Camille A. Sharp
Vice President of Operations
First Associations Bank
12001 North Central Expressway, Suite 1165
Dallas, Texas 75243
Telephone: (972) 701-1177
Toll Free: (866) 468-1110
Fax: (972) 701-1155
E-mail: csharp@fabank.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

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 7/21/2009 communications@fdic.gov