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SA-59-2006
March 15, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Bridgewater Savings Bank, Raynham, Massachusetts, are reportedly in circulation.

Bridgewater Savings Bank, Raynham, Massachusetts, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 211372828, which is assigned to Bridgewater Savings Bank. However, Bridgewater Savings Bank issues treasurer's checks through US Bank, St. Paul, Minnesota, and the routing number is 096016765. The counterfeit items also display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-center portion of the item and they have two signature lines. In addition, the counterfeit items display a 1-888 telephone number, which is not associated with the bank. The bank's address appears directly below the bank's name in the top-left corner of the item.

Authentic treasurer's checks display the bank's name in the top-left corner of the check with an arched line above the bank's name. Also, "TREASURER'S CHECK" is displayed in the bottom-left portion of the check. Authentic checks display one signature line.

A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic treasurer's check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Denise Martin
Assistant Vice President-Deposit Operations Officer
Bridgewater Savings Bank
756 Orchard Street
Raynham, Massachusetts 02767
Telephone: (508) 884-3300
Fax: (508) 884-3394
dmartin@bridgewatersavings.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 website 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.

Sandra L. Thompson
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, 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 03/15/2006 communications@fdic.gov