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SA-216-2007
August 8, 2007


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

First National Bank of the Mid-Cities, Bedford, 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 111910267, which is assigned to First National Bank of the Mid-Cities, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items display the bank's name, address ("4009 Airport Pkwy, Bedford, TX 76021") and the statement "VOID AFTER 120 DAYS" near the upper-left corner. The bank's name, address and a telephone number - "(817)-715-6367" - which is not associated with the bank, also appear near the upper-right corner.

Authentic checks have an ornate border. Only the bank's name appears in the top-center portion. The wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" is computer-generated and appears above the signature line. A padlock icon is placed between the statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED" and "DETAILS ON BACK," shown vertically within the right border.

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:

Amanda Sharp
Personal Banker
First National Bank of the Mid-Cities
4009 Airport Freeway
Bedford, Texas 76021
Telephone: (817) 553-2522
Fax: (817) 553-2501
E-mail: amandas@fnbmidcities.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/2007/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 8/8/2007 communications@fdic.gov