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March 1, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Citizens National Bank, Cameron, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

Citizens National Bank, Cameron, Texas, has contacted the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display a fictitious routing number of 044015543 and contain the following security statement in the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A RED & BLUE BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK. HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." The counterfeit items also display a logo of the letters "NB" encircled in a large letter "C." Below the bank's name is the following address: "102 W 18th Street, Cameron, TX 76250." In addition, the following statement appears below the "Authorized Signature" line: "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING."

Authentic cashier's checks contain a designed border with a security lock logo, and a security statement on the right side. The bank's logo of an enlarged letter "C" containing stars and stripes appears to the left of the bank's name in the top-center portion of the cashier's check. The city names of Cameron, Rockdale, Taylor, and Giddings appear below the bank name. The "Notice to Customers" appears in the bottom-left portion of the check and directly above the words "CASHIER'S CHECK."

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

Jeannine Dohnalik
Senior Vice President
Citizens National Bank
118 S. Houston
P.O. Drawer 111
Cameron, Texas 76250
Telephone: (254) 697-6653
Fax: (254) 697-6504

Additional information about this matter that you believe should be brought to the OCC's attention may be forwarded to:

Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Enforcement & Compliance Division, MS 8-10
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301
E-mail: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
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.

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Sandra L. Thompson
Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

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Last Updated 03/1/2006 communications@fdic.gov