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SA-178-2007
July 3, 2007


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

First State Bank, New Braunfels, Texas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that fraudulent cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The fraudulent items display the routing number 111192354, which is not a valid routing number. The items also display a Texas state logo with 1st printed inside, and the name "FIRST STATE BANK" in the top center. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are printed in the lower-left corner. The top and bottom borders are darkened and have security feature descriptions embedded within. The items are green in color and have a "VOID" background when copied.

A copy of the fraudulent item is attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of fraudulent 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:

Walter A. Luce, Jr.
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer
First State Bank
549 Landa Street
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Telephone: (830) 625-5687
Fax: (830) 625-5807
E-mail: walterluce@firststate-texs.com

Information about fraudulent 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 7/3/2007 communications@fdic.gov