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August 19, 2005

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Treasurer's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit treasurer's checks drawn on Bangor Savings Bank, Bangor, Maine, are reportedly in circulation.

Bangor Savings Bank, Bangor, Maine, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that fraudulent checks are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 211274382, which is assigned to Bangor Savings Bank, Bangor, Maine. However, authentic checks display the routing number 102000979, which is assigned to Integrated Payment Systems, Englewood, Colorado. The checks are markedly dissimilar. The layout, style and fonts are different. The counterfeit items are referred to as "Cashier's Check," while authentic checks are referred to as "Treasurer's Check." Authentic checks display the bank's logo on the top left side of the check. Counterfeit items display a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic item (VOID) are attached for your review.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Frances Fruchtenicht
Vice President, Security Officer
Bangor Savings Bank
3 State Street
Bangor, Maine 04401
Telephone: (207) 942-5211
Fax: (207) 941-2707639-2808
Email: Fran.Fruchtenicht@bangor.com

Information about these instruments 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. Information 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 Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2005/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks – commercial and savings). Printed copies of the Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (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 08/19/2005 communications@fdic.gov