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April 28, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Stafford Savings Bank, Stafford Springs, Connecticut, are reportedly in circulation.

Stafford Savings Bank, Stafford Springs, Connecticut, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items include the routing number 211174262, which is assigned to Stafford Savings Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items are printed on pink paper and display the Stafford Savings Bank logo in the upper-left corner above "Cashier's Check." The items also include the bank's name, city, state and a toll-free telephone number, not associated with the bank, in the top center. Descriptions of security features are embedded in the top border.

Authentic checks display the bank's name, city and state, as well the wording "CENTRE ACCOUNT" in the upper-left corner. The checks are printed on blue, green or yellow paper with descriptions of security features embedded in the top and bottom borders.

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

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

Rosanne G. Roszczewski
Vice President
Stafford Savings Bank
74 West Stafford Road
Stafford Springs, Connecticut 06076
Telephone: (860) 684-6321, Extension 7041
Fax: (860) 684-8044
E-mail: roser@staffordsavingsbank.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.

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 04/28/2006 communications@fdic.gov