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SA-99-2007
April 25, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Checks
Summary: Counterfeit checks bearing the name United Heritage Bank, Orlando, Florida, are reportedly in circulation.

United Heritage Bank, Orlando, Florida, 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 063115123, which is assigned to United Heritage Bank. The items, which are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks, include a security statement embedded within the top border. The bank's name, street address, city, state and zip code are printed twice directly below the security statement. A "MEMO" section is located above the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks include the bank's logo, city, state and zip code near the top-left corner. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is centered below the top border, and the words "CHECK NO.," "DATE," "PAY EXACTLY" and "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" are printed along the right side. Authentic checks display a "VOID" background when copied.

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:

Debbie Kreisler
Senior Vice President & Branch Administration
United Heritage Bank
640 E SR 434
Longwood, Florida 32750
Telephone: (407) 712-2440
Fax: (407) 712-6161
E-mail: dkreisler@uhb-fl.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
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 4/25/2007 communications@fdic.gov