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SA-52-2005
May 9, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Check
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust Company, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, are reportedly in circulation.

Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust Company, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 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 proper routing number of 096016765, which is the routing number for the clearing bank for Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust Company. The counterfeit items and the authentic checks are similar. However, authentic cashier's checks have the bank logo between the words "Keystone" and "Nazareth" in the bank name. The authentic checks do not have any security wording within the top border. The counterfeit items are missing the logo between the two words and have a top border that contains a description of the security notice. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Henry D. Farabaugh
Assistant Vice President and Security Officer
Keystone Nazareth Bank & Trust Company
90 Highland Avenue
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017
Telephone: (610) 807-5884
Fax: (610) 861-7892
Email: henry.farabaugh@knbt.com
Information about these instruments 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/2005/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
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 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).

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)




Last Updated 05/09/2005 communications@fdic.gov