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SA-129-2005
September 30, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks drawn on Farmington Savings Bank, Farmington, Connecticut, are reportedly in circulation.

Farmington Savings Bank, Farmington, Connecticut, contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 211170347, which is assigned to Farmington Savings Bank, and may bear Farmington Savings Bank or another bank's name. However, authentic cashier's checks are payable through Branch Banking and Trust Company (BB&T), Charleston, West Virginia, and display the routing number 051900353. The checks are dissimilar. Authentic checks display the wording "Cashier's Check" near the top of the check and a logo of "FSB" before the bank's name in the top-left portion of the check. Counterfeit items display the wording "Official Check" and do not display a logo similar to that used on authentic cashier's checks. A copy of counterfeit items and a copy of an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

William L. Greger
Security Officer
Farmington Savings Bank
32 Main Street
Farmington, Connecticut 06032
Cell Telephone: (860) 637-2887
Fax: (860) 674-4834
wlg@fsbct.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 website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2005/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Christopher J. Spoth
Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

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, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (telephone: 1-877-275-3342 or (703) 562-2200; fax: (703) 562-2296; or e-mail: publicinfo@fdic.gov).




Last Updated 09/30/2005 communications@fdic.gov