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SA-196-2009
December 3, 2009


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

American Momentum Bank, Tampa, Florida, 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 113125995, which is assigned to American Momentum Bank. They also display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "cashier's check" are in the top center. The bank's name and logo are shown in the top-left corner. The word "remitter" and the bank's name, location, and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, appear in the lower-left corner. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear below the signature line.

Authentic cashier's checks display the routing number 063116025, which is assigned to American Momentum Bank. They are grayish in color and have a padlock and vertical security statement embedded in the right border. The bank's logo and name are in the top center. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK," an indemnity bond statement and "MEMO" appear in the lower-left corner. The words "ISSUER," "BRANCH" and "REMITTER" are in the top-left corner. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear above the signature line.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic VOID check 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:

Jen Saylor
SVP Operations Manager
American Momentum Bank
4830 West Kennedy Boulevard, Suite 200
Tampa, Florida 33609
Telephone: (813) 549-4709
Fax: (813) 282-3935
Email: jsaylor@americanmomentumbank.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-3054, 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 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 12/3/2009 communications@fdic.gov