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SA-111-2007
April 25, 2007


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

First Indiana Bank, National Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, 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 reportedly are being used to purchase vehicles in the Indianapolis, Indiana, area.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 061092387, which is not associated with the bank. The items fade in color from light blue at the borders to white in the center. The bank's logo, name and address are displayed in the top center. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is displayed in the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks display the routing number 274070439, which is assigned to First Indiana Bank, N.A., previously known as Indiana Federal Savings Bank. The bank's logo and name are shown in the top-left corner. "CASHIER'S CHECK" is displayed in the top center.

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:

Kay Tindall
Deposit Fraud Investigator, Controls and Balancing
First Indiana Bank, National Association
135 N. Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
Mail Code GTC01
Telephone: (317) 885-3187
Fax: (317) 859-4940
E-mail: kayt@firstindiana.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 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 4/25/2007 communications@fdic.gov