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SA-44-2007
February 9, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Trust One Bank, Germantown, Tennessee, are reportedly in circulation.

Trust One Bank, Memphis, Tennessee, 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 routing number 031000053, which is assigned to PNC Bank, National Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The items include the wording "CASHIERS CHECK" in the top-center portion. The bank's name and address are printed near the upper-left corner and a "MEMO" line is displayed above the bottom-left corner. The following security statement is embedded within the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic checks display the routing number 096016765, which is a payable-through account at U.S. Bank, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Trust One Bank issues official checks through U.S. Bank. Authentic checks include the wording "OFFICIAL CHECK" centered and directly below the top border. The bank's logo and name are in the upper-left corner with the following slogan and statement printed directly below: "BANKING AS IT SHOULD BE" and "MEMBER FDIC." Printed to the right of the statement is the wording: "AN AFFILIATE OF SYNOVUS FINANCIAL CORP." The following security statement appears below the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY."

Copies of a 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:

Justin P. Levick
Bank Security Officer
Trust One Bank
1760 International Place
Memphis, Tennessee 38120
Telephone: (901) 761-4429
Fax: (901) 685-2465
E-mail: justinlevick@trust1bank.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 http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2007/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
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 2/9/2007 communications@fdic.gov