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SA-79-2009
June 3, 2009


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Loan Proceeds Checks and Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit loan proceeds checks and cashier's checks bearing the name Lone Star National Bank, Pharr, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

Lone Star National Bank, Pharr, Texas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit loan proceeds checks and cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 114911687, which is assigned to Lone Star National Bank. The items look nearly identical to authentic checks; however, the counterfeit items display a security feature statement along the bottom border between two padlocks.

Lone Star National Bank issues both loan proceeds checks and cashier's checks. The authentic checks display the telephone number (956) 781- 4321 below the bank name and P.O. Box address. A security statement is also shown below the signature line.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Please 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:

Norma Quintanilla
Senior Vice President and Operations Manager
Lone Star National Bank
100 West Ferguson
Pharr, Texas 78577
Telephone: (956) 984-2246
Fax: (956) 984-2291
E-mail: quintanillano@lonestarnationalbank.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/2009/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 6/3/2009 communications@fdic.gov