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SA-123-2008
June 16, 2008


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

First Lincoln Federal Credit Union, Lincoln, Nebraska, 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 304982439, which is assigned to First Lincoln Federal Credit Union. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The items may vary with the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" shown or not shown in a rectangular box incorporated in the center of the top border. Some counterfeit items display a telephone number that is not associated with the bank ("1-888-214-2033") below the bank's address. The counterfeit items have scrolled top and side borders and have a patterned light blue hexagonal background. The embossed numeric dollar amount is printed red. The back of the counterfeit items is white with blue lines and displays the following sentence: "This check is void without a patterned background on front."

Authentic cashier's checks are light green with blue print and red check numbers. The top and bottom edges are perforated. The following security feature statement is embedded in a dark blue top border: "Warning: The back of this document is blue and has a LineMark lines in the paper that change from dark to light in reflected light." The bank's telephone number ("(402) 466-4040") appears below the bank's address in the top portion of the checks. The back of the check is blue with black lines.

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:

Deb Esch
Office Manager
First Lincoln Federal Credit Union
P.O. Box 5872
Lincoln, Nebraska 68505
Telephone: (402) 466-4040
Fax: (402) 466-5405
E-mail: deb@firstlincoln.org

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 6/16/2008 communications@fdic.gov