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SA-27-2008
February 6, 2008


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Money Orders
Summary: Counterfeit Money Orders Bearing the Name TNBANK, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, are Reportedly in Circulation.

TNBANK, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit money orders bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 064202530, which is assigned to Branch Banking and Trust Company, North Carolina. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic money orders. The counterfeit items have a colored background and display a security feature statement embedded in the top border. The bank's name and location and the words "MONEY ORDER" appear in the top center. The bank's name and location (repeated) and a "SIGNATURE NOT REQUIRED" statement appear above the signature line in the right side.

Authentic money orders display the routing number 064204253, which is assigned to TNBANK. In the top center area the words "BANK MONEY ORDER" are encapsulated in a rectangle between two ornate arrows. The bank's logo (a rectangle containing the bank name next to a semicircle with two stars) appears in the lower-left side above the city, state and zip code. A padlock icon with a security feature statement appears to the right of the "DOLLARS" line. Authentic money orders have ornate-design borders and two microprint signature lines in the lower-right corner.

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:

Leighanne K. Covington
BSA and Compliance Officer
TNBANK
401 South Illinois Avenue
Oak Ridge, Tennessee 37830
Telephone: (865) 483-9444
Fax: (865) 220-8495
E-mail: lbrubaker@tnbank.net

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/2008/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 2/6/2008 communications@fdic.gov