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March 1, 2006

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

Woodhaven National Bank, Fort Worth, 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 051900353, which is assigned to the Charleston, West Virginia, branch office of Branch Banking & Trust Company (BB&T). Woodhaven National Bank issues cashier's checks through BB&T. There are at least two versions of counterfeit items bearing the name of Woodhaven National Bank. The first counterfeit item displays '"CASHIER'S CHECK'" inside a dark box in the top-center portion of the item. The bank's name is framed inside a box that is rounded on top and located in the upper-left corner of the item. The second counterfeit item displays '"CASHIER'S CHECK'" inside a dark box in the top-center portion of the item. The bank's name is printed to the right of a circular-shaped logo located in top-left corner of the item.

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's logo of the bank's name framed inside a box that is rounded on top and located in the upper-center portion of the check. The bank's address is shown directly beneath the logo, with a remitter line displayed to the left of the bank's address. The wording '"CASHIER'S CHECK'" is displayed in the top-right corner of the check and is not inside of a box.

Copies of the two counterfeit items 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:

Joshua Spivey
Teller Operations Officer
Woodhaven National Bank
6750 Bridge Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76112
Telephone: (817) 496-6700
Fax: (817) 496-4122
E-mail: jspivey@woodhavenbank.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/2006/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html


  Sandra L. Thompson
  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 03/01/2006 communications@fdic.gov