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SA-9-2003
February 24, 2003

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks and Money Orders
Summary: Counterfeit treasurer's checks, cashier's check and personal money orders drawn on Union County Savings Bank, Elizabeth, New Jersey; First National Bank of Gillette, Gillette, Wyoming; and Skagit State Bank, Burlington, Washington, respectively, are in circulation.

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) has learned that counterfeit treasurer's checks drawn on Union County Savings Bank, Elizabeth, New Jersey, are currently in circulation. All of the known counterfeit items include the routing number 091015224, which is not the bank's assigned number. The counterfeit items, while similar in appearance to genuine treasurer's checks, are not exact copies. Attached for your review is an example of a genuine bank treasurer's check (void).

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

Mr. Charles Morgan
Vice President
Union County Savings Bank
320 North Broad Street
Elizabeth, New Jersey 07207
Telephone: (908) 354-4600
FAX: (908) 354-4484
Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on First National Bank of Gillette, Gillette, Wyoming, are also in circulation. The items bear the bank's routing number of 102301050 and are quite similar in appearance to genuine bank official instruments. All of the counterfeit checks are numbered with a six-digit combination that begins "176." Attached for your review is an example of an authentic cashier's check (void).

Any information you have about this matter should be brought to the attention of:
Ms. Deb Watson
Compliance Officer
First National Bank of Gillette
319 South Gillette Avenue
Gillette, WY 82717
Telephone: (307) 686-3300
FAX: (307) 686-3390
In addition, counterfeit personal money orders drawn on Skagit State Bank, Burlington, Washington, are also in circulation. The items bear the bank's routing number of 125105631; however, the counterfeit items do not include the bank's eagle logo, the locations of its branches or the name of the instrument centered along the top border. Attached for your review is an example of a genuine personal money order (void).

Any information you have about this matter should be brought to the attention of:
Ms. Nadine Springer
AVP - Operations and Security Officer
Skagit State Bank
301 E. Fairhaven Ave.
Burlington, WA 98233
Telephone: (360) 755-1510
FAX: (360) 755-9595
Information about these financial institutions or instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, NW, Room F-4040, Washington, DC 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov.

For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2003/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts, Financial Institution Letters and other announcements through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/news/news/announcements/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
Director

Attachments (not available electronically)

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (1-877-275-3342, option 5, or (703) 562-2200).

Last Updated 02/24/2003 communications@fdic.gov