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SA-206-2006
July 27, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official and Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official and cashier's checks bearing the name First Commonwealth Bank, Indiana, Pennsylvania, are reportedly in circulation.

First Commonwealth Bank, Indiana, Pennsylvania, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the bank's name are in circulation in conjunction with a Canadian and Australian power ball scam.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 043306826, which is assigned to First Commonwealth Bank, and either "OFFICIAL CHECK" or "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-right portion of the item. The check numbers are printed in black ink and appear in the top-right corner. Security wording is embedded in the top border.

Authentic checks display a horizontal line near the top of the check, with the following security wording centered in the line: "This Document Contains a Watermark – Hold At An Angle To View." A padlock symbol is shown on the right side of the check beneath the dollar amount line. To the right of the padlock symbol appears the following wording: "Security features included. Details on back."

Copies of the counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

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

Michael Dovicsak
Security & Fraud Investigator
First Commonwealth Bank
P.O. Box 400
Indiana, Pennsylvania 15701
Telephone: (724) 349-1079
Fax: (724) 463-5589
E-mail: mdovicsak@fcbanking.com

To report this scam or any other scam based in or mailed from Canada, please contact Phonebusters, which is a joint partnership between the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Phonebusters is interested in receiving copies of scam letters, particularly those involving Canadian mailing addresses or telephone numbers. Records relating to the payment of advance fees should also be forwarded to Phonebusters. This information is used to assist in the strategic targeting of would-be fraudsters. Scam letters should be forwarded to the Phonebusters National Call Center (PNCC) as follows:

Mail:Box 686
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
P1B 8J8
Web site:www.phonebusters.com
Telephone:+1 (888) 495-8501 (toll-free in Canada and the USA)
Fax:+1 (888) 654-9426 (toll-free in Canada and the USA)
E-mail:info@phonebusters.com
Advance fee fraud (including Nigerian and lottery letters): wafl@phonebusters.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 electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each 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 7/27/2006 communications@fdic.gov