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September 7, 2005


CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)

SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks drawn on The Bank of Delmarva, Seaford, Delaware, are reportedly in circulation.

The Bank of Delmarva, Seaford, Delaware, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institutionís name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 096016765 for processing The Bank of Delmarva checks. Authentic official checks are payable through US Bank, Saint Paul, Minnesota. The counterfeit items and authentic checks are similar. However, the counterfeit items have the MICR line below the scroll border, while authentic official checks have the MICR line within the scroll border of the check. A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic official check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Matthew Shaffer
Assistant Vice President
The Bank of Delmarva
200 East Market Street
Laurel, Delaware 19956
Telephone: (302) 875-8211
Fax: (302) 875-1766

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 17 th 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 letterís 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 09/07/2005 communications@fdic.gov