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SA-131-2006
May 1, 2006


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

Citizens State Bank, Woodville, 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 113119105, which is assigned to Citizens State Bank. The counterfeit items are similar to authentic checks issued at the Marlin and Spurger Branches, but dissimilar to authentic checks issued at the Woodville Branch. The counterfeit items display the words "Drawer: Citizens State Bank" and "Marlin, TX 76661" on two lines above an "Authorized Signer" line in the lower-right corner.

Citizens State Bank issues three different types of authentic checks. The Marlin Branch authentic checks display a ram's head logo, name and a toll-free number in the top center. Authentic Marlin Branch checks are light green and have security feature descriptions printed on the reverse side. Spurger Branch authentic checks display the bank and branch name, city, state and post office box address in the top center. The titles "VICE PRESIDENT" and "ASST. CASHIER" appear above the signature line in the lower right on both Marlin and Spurger Branch checks. Authentic Woodville Main Branch checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" vertically along the left side. A ram's head logo, name and a toll-free telephone number appear in the upper-left corner. A description of security features is embedded inside the top border.

Copies of a counterfeit item and authentic checks (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Wanda Ferrell
Vice President, Compliance/Security
102 West Bluff
Woodville, Texas 75979
Phone: (409) 283-2561
Fax: (409) 283-7834
E-mail: wferrell@citizensbank.net

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 website 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 online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks – commercial and savings). Printed copies of the 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 05/01/2006 communications@fdic.gov