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SA-113-2005
August 31, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on The Wilton Bank, Wilton, Connecticut, are reportedly in circulation.

The Wilton Bank, Wilton, Connecticut, 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 proper routing number of 021110966 for The Wilton Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The layout, style and fonts are different. On the counterfeit items, "THE WILTON BANK" is printed in the top-center portion of the item in large, bold type, with "Cashier's Check" printed directly beneath it. On authentic cashier's checks, the name of the bank is printed in the top-center portion of the check, but in considerably smaller type and enclosed in the bank logo. Also on authentic checks, "CASHIER'S CHECK" is printed in large, bold type in the lower-left portion of the check. A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Jerry Shpunt
Senior Vice President
The Wilton Bank
47 Old Ridgefield Road
Wilton, Connecticut 06897
Telephone: (203) 762-2265
Fax: (203) 761-9662
jshpunt@thewiltonbank.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. 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.

Christopher J. Spoth
Acting 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 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 08/31/2005 communications@fdic.gov