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SA-193-2006
July 14, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Credit Union of Texas, Dallas, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

Credit Union of Texas, Dallas, Texas, 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 bear the routing number 311079306, which is assigned to Credit Union of Texas, and are similar to authentic checks. However, authentic checks have the following wording embedded in the top border: "VERIFICATION BOX (TO RIGHT OF ARROW, HOLD BETWEEN THUMB AND FOREFINGER, OR BREATHE ON IT, COLOR WILL DISAPPEAR, THEN REAPPEAR)." Directly next to that wording is a small arrow pointing right toward a beige-colored box. In addition, the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are centered at the top of authentic checks and to the left of an "NCUA" logo. Copies of a counterfeit item and 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:

Stephanie Daniel
Fraud Control Department
Credit Union of Texas
8131 LBJ Freeway, Suite 550
Dallas, Texas 75251
Toll-Free Telephone: (800) 314-3828
Business Telephone: (972) 705-4865

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-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)




Last Updated 7/14/2006 communications@fdic.gov