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SA-99-2006
April 13, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Prosperity Bank, El Campo, Texas, has reported that counterfeit checks bearing the name Prosperity Bank, St. Augustine, Florida, and the routing number assigned to Prosperity Bank, El Campo, Texas, are in circulation.

Prosperity Bank, El Campo, Texas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's routing number are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 113122655, which is assigned to Prosperity Bank, El Campo, Texas. The counterfeit items also display an address and telephone number in the top-left portion of the item, as follows: "790 Ponce de Leon Blvd, St. Augustine, FL 32084, 1-866-357-9615." The telephone number is not associated with Prosperity Bank, El Campo, Texas. In addition, the counterfeit items display "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top center of the item, and display security wording embedded in the top border.

Authentic cashier's checks do not display an address and do not contain security wording embedded in the top border. Authentic cashier's checks display two authorized signature lines, and two signatures are required for amounts that exceed $5,000.

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

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

Michael Harris
Executive Vice President-Cashier
Prosperity Bank
P. O. Drawer G
El Campo, TX 77437
Telephone: (979) 543-2200
Fax: (979) 543-1906
E-mail: mike.harris@prosperitybanktx.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 04/13/2006 communications@fdic.gov