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SA-151-2006
May 25, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Dividend Checks
Summary: Counterfeit dividend checks bearing the name Delta National Bancorp, Manteca, California, are reportedly in circulation.

Delta National Bancorp, Manteca, California, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit dividend checks bearing the holding company ’s name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 121132983, which is assigned to Delta National Bank. Counterfeit items are similar to authentic checks. Counterfeit items include a box around the written dollar amount in the center portion of the item with the word "Exactly" appearing above the top-left corner of the box. Counterfeit items also include the word "Memo" in the lower-left corner of the item and the following statement is embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK." The counterfeit items include seven-digit account numbers rather than having eight numbers.

Authentic dividend checks include the words "SHAREHOLDER:" and "CHECK DATE:" in the center of the check. Directly below those words is a watermark consisting of the letters "DNB" inside of a triangle. Authentic checks are printed on marbled tan paper. A copy of a counterfeit item and an authentic dividend check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Mark Kelly
Information Security Administrator
Delta National Bank
611 N. Main Street
Manteca, California 95336
Telephone: (209) 824-4030
Fax: (209) 239-8872
E-mail: mkelly@deltabank.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. 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 Web site 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 5/25/2006 communications@fdic.gov