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Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan, Naugatuck, Connecticut, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam.
The counterfeit items display the routing number 044015543, which is assigned to Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio. Naugatuck Valley Savings and Loan issues official checks through a Travelers Express Company, Inc., account at Huntington National Bank. Centered at the top of the counterfeit items are the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" encapsulated in a rectangle with rounded corners. The bank's logo, name (with the word "LOAN" misspelled as "LOAD"), and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, appear below the upper-left corner.
Authentic official checks display top and side borders that are scroll-patterned; the checks are perforated along the bottom border. "OFFICIAL CHECK" is encapsulated in a rectangle with rounded corners and is centered within the top border. The following security statements appear below the top border: "THE DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE AND BORDER. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." The following security statement is embedded within the bottom border: "THE VARIABLE TONE BACKGROUND AREA OF THIS DOCUMENT CHANGES COLOR GRADUALLY AND SMOOTHLY FROM DARKER TONES AT THE TOP TO THE LIGHTEST TONE AT THE BOTTOM." When copied, authentic checks display a security "VOID" background.
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:
Thomas C. O'Neil
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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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: email@example.com).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
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