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SA-105-2010
August 3, 2010


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Amer Un Svgs & Ln Assoc, Chicago, Illinois, are reportedly in circulation.

American Union Savings and Loan Association, S.B., Chicago, Illinois, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 071000301, which is assigned to the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. The items are blue and display a security feature statement embedded within the top border. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" appear near the top-right corner. The "CHECK DATE," "CHECK NUMBER" and "CHECK AMOUNT" appear as a table on the right side. The statement "VOID IF NOT CASHED IN 90 DAYS" appears above the table.

Authentic checks display a vertical security feature statement and padlock icon embedded within the right border. The bank's logo appears to the left with its name and address in the top-left corner. Two microprint signature lines appear 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:

Daniel H. Brandt
Secretary
American Union Savings and Loan Association, S.B.
2601 West Division Street
Chicago, Illinois 60622
Telephone: (773) 342-2711
Fax: (773) 342-9511
E-mail: dbrandt@rcn.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-3054, 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/2010/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 8/3/2010 communications@fdic.gov