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SA-117-2007
May 3, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official/Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official/cashier's checks bearing the name The Citizens Bank, Philadelphia, Mississippi, are reportedly in circulation.

The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Mississippi, 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 065302154, which is assigned to The Citizens Bank of Philadelphia. The items include the bank's logo, name, city, state, zip code and a telephone number, not associated with the bank, in the upper-left corner. "DNA REGISTERED SECURITY" is embedded within the top border. "OFFICIAL/CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed within a rectangle and centered below the top border, directly above a "NOTICE TO PURCHASER" statement. "NOT VALID AFTER NINETY DAYS FROM DATE" is printed above the authorized signature area on the right side of the items.

Authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. The bank's logo, name, city, state and zip code are centered below the top border, and a security padlock symbol appears within the right border. The following statement is displayed above the signature lines: "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED ON AMOUNTS $25,000 AND OVER."

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:

Ms. Erdis Chaney
Vice President Deposit Operations
The Citizens Bank
521 Main Street
Philadelphia, Mississippi, 39350
Phone: (601) 656-4692, extension 230
Fax: (601) 656-4183
E-mail: echaney@tcbphila.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 5/3/2007 communications@fdic.gov