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March 16, 2007

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Queens County Savings Bank, a division of New York Community Bank, Westbury, New York, are reportedly in circulation.

New York Community Bank, Westbury, New York, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Queens County Savings Bank are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 102000979, which is assigned to JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A., Denver, Colorado. New York Community Bank issues official checks through an Integrated Payment Systems, Inc. account held at JP Morgan Chase Bank, N.A. The counterfeit items display the wording "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center. A logo (consisting of a squared letter "Q"), the name "QUEENS COUNTY SAVINGS BANK" and the wording "A Division Of New York Community Bank" are printed in the upper-left corner. In the lower-left corner, the items reference Integrated Payment Systems, Inc. and display a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank.

New York Community Bank issues official checks that display the wording "OFFICIAL CHECK" incorporated into the center of the top border. The security statement "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW THE WATERMARK" is displayed on both sides. The bank's logo (a square containing the letters "NYCB"), name and the slogan "THE STRENGTH BEHIND THE BANKS YOU TRUST · MEMBER OF FDIC" are printed in the upper-left corner.

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:

James Christopher
Assistant Treasurer and Fraud Investigator
New York Community Bank
615 Merrick Avenue, Security Department
Westbury, New York 11590
Telephone: (516) 683-4180
Fax: (516) 683-8099
E-mail: James.Christopher@mynycb.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. Questions 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/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
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 3/16/2007 communications@fdic.gov