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SA-16-2005
February 22, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Money Orders
Summary: Counterfeit money orders drawn on Enterprise Bank and Trust Company, Lowell, Massachusetts, are reportedly in circulation.

Enterprise Bank and Trust Company, Lowell, Massachusetts, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit money orders bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

Money orders issued by Enterprise Bank and Trust Company, Lowell, Massachusetts, are payable through Firstar Bank of Minnesota, National Association, now known as U.S. Bank National Association. The counterfeit items display the routing number of 096016765, which was assigned to Firstar Bank of Minnesota, National Association. The counterfeit money orders are similar to the authentic money orders. However, the authentic money orders state that the value should not exceed $500.00, whereas the counterfeit money orders state that the value should not exceed $10,000. The authentic money orders state that the items are payable through Firstar Bank of Minnesota, N.A., St. Paul, Minnesota.

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

Clayton D. Mersereau, Jr., Senior Vice President and Security Officer or
Beth McNamara, Branch Operations Officer
Enterprise Bank and Trust Company
222 Merrimack Street
Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
Telephone: 978-656-5532
FAX: 978-937-1919

Information about these instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4040, 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
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 02/22/2005 communications@fdic.gov