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February 8, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on The Farmers National Bank of Seymour, Seymour, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

The Farmers National Bank of Seymour, Seymour, Texas, has 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 111304064, which is assigned to The Farmers National Bank of Seymour, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks in style and layout. The counterfeit items display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" across the left side of the item; authentic checks display the wording in the lower-left corner of the check. In addition, the counterfeit items display the printed dollar amount in block numbers against a dark-lined background. The counterfeit checks also display an oval-shaped logo of a globe that incorporates the United States and the number "1" in the center of the globe, which is located in the top-center portion of the item. Authentic checks display a flower-shaped logo in the top- center portion of the check, with the bank's name on one line adjacent to the logo. A lock is shown at the end of the dollar amount line on authentic checks. A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of 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:

Dana Winn
Vice President
The Farmers National Bank of Seymour
100 North Washington Street
Seymour, Texas 76380
Telephone: (940) 889-3161
Fax: (940) 889-1828

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/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