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December 19, 2007

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks and Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks and cashier's checks bearing the name Lafayette Ambassador Bank are reportedly in circulation.

Lafayette Ambassador Bank, Easton, Pennsylvania, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official and counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 031302133, which is assigned to Lafayette Ambassador Bank. However, the counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. There are two versions of the counterfeit items. One is referred to as an "OFFICIAL CHECK" while the other is a "CASHIER'S CHECK." The counterfeit items display the security statement "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A BLUE & GREEN BACKGROUND AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK ON THE BACK-HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW" embedded within a darkened top border.

Lafayette Ambassador Bank does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue official checks. Authentic official checks have a multi-colored background and ornate borders. The security feature statement "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A MULTICOLORED BACKGROUND, MICROPRINT LINES IN THE BORDER, A TRUE WATERMARK, AND VISIBLE PLUS INVISIBLE FLUORESCENT FIBERS" appears below the top border. The bank's waving-flag logo precedes the bank's name in a darkened rectangle with rounded corners in the top center.

Copies of two counterfeit items 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:

John P. Illes, IV
Regional Security Officer
Fulton Financial Corporation
2005 City Line Road
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18017
Telephone: (610) 332-7181
Fax: (610) 332-7174
E-mail: Jilles@fult.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
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 10/27/2008 communications@fdic.gov