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SA-7-2006
January 19, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks drawn on Essex Savings Bank, Essex, Connecticut, are reportedly in circulation.

Essex Savings Bank, Essex, Connecticut, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items display the routing number 211170376, which is assigned to Essex Savings Bank.

The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic items. On the counterfeit items, "OFFICIAL CHECK" is printed in the lower-left corner and "ESSEX SAVINGS BANK" is printed in the upper-left corner. The bank name and a branch address, "101 Halls Road, Old Lyme, CT 06371-1452, as well as a phone number appear in the top center of the check. The counterfeit checks are printed on blue and pink safety paper. Authentic items bear the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the top center of the check and are printed on blue safety paper. The bank's ship logo and name are located in the upper-left corner.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic official check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Lynn K. Giroux
Senior Vice President - Administration
Essex Savings Bank
P.O. Box 950
Essex, CT 06426
Phone (860) 767-4414
FAX (860)-767-4411
Email lgiroux@essexsavings.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/2006/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 01/19/2006 communications@fdic.gov