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SA-116-2008
May 30, 2008


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

Athens Federal Community Bank, Athens, Tennessee, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The items are reportedly associated with a Canadian lottery scam.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 264271183, which is assigned to Athens Federal Community Bank. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display a darkened top border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name and address are in the top center. A security padlock and vertical statement are shown on the right side. "PAY" and "TO THE ORDER OF" are shown separately on the left side.

Authentic cashier's checks have ornate borders, blue print and red check numbers. The words "MAIN OFFICE CASHIER CHECK" appear in the lower-right corner above the signature line. The bank's logo, name, city, state and zip code appear in the top-left corner. The words "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" are shown together on one line on the left side.

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

Don Long
Bank Security Officer
Athens Federal Community Bank
P.O. Box 869
Athens, Tennessee 37371-0869
Telephone: (423) 745-1111, extension 1148 or (800) 526-3572
Fax: (423) 745-1528
E-mail: donl@athensfederal.com

Alternate Contact:

Amy Goodin
Bank Compliance Officer
Athens Federal Community Bank
P.O. Box 869
Athens, Tennessee 37371-0869
Telephone: (423) 745-1111, extension 1125 or (800) 526-3572
Fax: (423) 745-8225
E-mail: amvg@athensfederal.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/2008/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

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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 5/30/2008 communications@fdic.gov