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August 26, 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 Texas Bank, Houston, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

First Texas Bank, Round Rock, Texas, 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 251473088, which is not assigned to First Texas Bank. A security feature statement is embedded in the top border and the words "CASHIERS' CHECK" appear in the top center. The bank's logo, name and address are displayed in the lower-left corner.

Authentic checks display the routing number 114904746, which is assigned to First Texas Bank. A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" is shown in the top-left corner and a security statement is displayed below the written dollar amount line. The words "Cashier's Check" appear in the lower-left side.

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:

Lisa Garza
Assistant Cashier
First Texas Bank
P.O. Box 5
Round Rock, Texas 78680
Telephone: (512) 255-2501
Fax: (512) 255-2349
E-mail: lgarza@firsttexasbank.com

Alternate Contact:

Corinne Hooker
Vice President and Cashier
First Texas Bank
P.O. Box 5
Round Rock, Texas 78680
Telephone: (512) 255-2501
Fax: (512) 255-2349
E-mail: chooker@firsttexasbank.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/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
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 8/26/2008 communications@fdic.gov