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SA-161-2006
June 6, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: First Northern Bank of Dixon, Dixon, California, has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name First Bank, Austin, Texas, are in circulation.

First Northern Bank of Dixon, Dixon, California, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the name First Bank, Austin, Texas, are in circulation.

The counterfeit items include the routing number 121105156, which is assigned to First Northern Bank of Dixon. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks in style. The counterfeit items display a "1" superimposed on top of a map of the United States, encircled by a globe. "First Bank" appears to the right of the globe logo, in the top-center portion of the item. Printed directly below the bank name is the location "Austin, Texas."

Authentic cashier's checks display "FIRST NORTHERN BANK" in the top-center portion of the check. Beneath the bank name, "OF DIXON" appears in a small font, and the bank's address is printed on the next two lines.

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:

Sally Galindo
Vice President Compliance and Risk Management Officer
First Northern Bank of Dixon
195 North First Street
Dixon, California 95620
Telephone: (707) 678-3041
Fax: (707) 678-9734
E-mail: sagalindo@thatsmybank.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 electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each 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-Insured Institutions




Last Updated 6/6/2006 communications@fdic.gov