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February 8, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit expense checks drawn on Gulf Coast Bank, Abbeville, Louisiana, are reportedly in circulation.

Gulf Coast Bank, Abbeville, Louisiana, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit expense checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 065201860, which is assigned to Gulf Coast Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks in style. The counterfeit items do not display a logo, and the bank's name is printed in the top-left portion – but not in the corner – of the counterfeit items. In addition, security wording is embedded in the top border of the counterfeit checks.

Authentic expense checks display the bank's logo, which are the letters "G," "C" and B" intertwined, inside a shaded box in the top-left corner of the check. The bank's name is printed to the right of the logo.

A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic expense check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Chris Juneau
Assistant Vice President
Gulf Coast Bank
P. O. Box 490
Abbeville, Louisiana 70510
Telephone: (337) 893-7733
Fax: (337) 893-7319

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 Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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)

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, 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 02/08/2006 communications@fdic.gov