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SA-320-2006
November 20, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Bank 2, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, are reportedly in circulation.

Bank 2, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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 are reportedly associated with a lottery scam. The notification states that the recipient has unclaimed prize money and includes a check to cover processing charges.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 103012966, which is assigned to Bank 2, and are similar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items have the following security statement embedded in the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES A UNIQUE CHECK IDENTITY BAR CODE AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW." The counterfeit items are bright blue in color.

Authentic checks have the following security statement located beneath the check protector line: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MULTI-COLOR BACKGROUND A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE AND A HOLOGRAPIC FOIL TITLE; ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." Authentic checks have a scroll design border with an encapsulated foil holograph embedded in the top center with the wording: "ORIGINAL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT."

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:

Mary Schroeder
Operation/Security Officer
Bank 2
909 S. Meridian
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73108
Telephone: (405) 946-2265
Fax: (405) 946-4320
E-mail: marys@bank2.biz

To report this scam or any other scam based in or mailed from Canada, please contact Phonebusters, which is a joint partnership between the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Phonebusters is interested in receiving copies of scam letters, particularly those involving Canadian mailing addresses or telephone numbers. Records relating to the payment of advance fees should also be forwarded to Phonebusters. This information is used to assist in the strategic targeting of would-be fraudsters. Scam letters should be forwarded to the Phonebusters National Call Center (PNCC) as follows:

Mail:Box 686
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
P1B 8J8
Web site:www.phonebusters.com
Telephone:+1 (888) 495-8501 (toll-free in Canada and the USA)
Fax:+1 (888) 654-9426 (toll-free in Canada and the USA)
E-mail:info@phonebusters.com
Advance fee fraud (including Nigerian and lottery letters): wafl@phonebusters.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
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 11/20/2006 communications@fdic.gov