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SA-97-2005
August 9, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Treasurerís Checks
Summary: Counterfeit treasurerís checks drawn on Eastern Bank, Boston, Massachusetts, are reportedly in circulation.

Eastern Bank, Boston, Massachusetts, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit treasurerís checks bearing the institutionís name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 011301798 for Eastern Bank; however, the fraudulent items are markedly dissimilar to authentic bank checks. The layout, style and fonts are different. In addition, the counterfeit items use the term "CASHIERíS CHECK," which is located at the top-center portion of the item. Authentic checks use the term "TREASURERíS CHECK," which is located in the lower-left portion of the check. A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic treasurerís check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Dan Tate
Assistant Vice President, Check Fraud Manager
Eastern Bank
One Eastern Place
Lynn, Massachusetts 01902
Telephone: (781) 598-7900
Fax: (781) 598-7907
d.tate@easternbk.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
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 FDICís 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 08/09/2005 communications@fdic.gov