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October 31, 2005

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks drawn on Concordia Bank & Trust Company, Vidalia, Louisiana, are reportedly in circulation.

Concordia Bank & Trust, Vidalia, LA, has reported to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 111102431, which is assigned to Concordia Bank & Trust, Vidalia, LA. However, the counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic checks. Authentic checks are standard 3 ¼ x 8 ½ inches in size, and have a light blue background with royal blue font. They also bear the words “CASHIER'S CHECK” in a red font, while the counterfeit items bear the words “OFFICIAL CHECK.” In addition, authentic checks have the bank's name and logo centered at the top of the check, while the counterfeit items have the bank's name and logo in the upper-left corner. A copy of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's check (void) are attached.

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

John Mark Williams
Chief Operations Officer/Security Officer
Concordia Bank & Trust Company
904 Carter Street
Vidalia, LA 71373
Telephone: (318) 336-6006
Fax: (318) 336-7673

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.

  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 10/31/2005 communications@fdic.gov