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SA-137-2007
May 23, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Fraudulent Cashier's Checks
Summary: Fraudulent cashier's checks bearing the name Hoosac Bank, North Adams, Massachusetts, are reportedly in circulation.

Hoosac Bank, North Adams, Massachusetts, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that fraudulent cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The fraudulent items are reportedly associated with a secret shopper scam and are included with correspondence from The Apex Evaluation and Marketing Services, Ontario, Canada.

The fraudulent items display the routing number 211871015, which is assigned to Hoosac Bank. However, Hoosac Bank does not issue cashier's checks. The fraudulent items include the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the top-left corner. The bank's name and address are centered below the top border. The bank's name is repeated above the signature in the lower-right corner. A security statement is displayed vertically on the right side above a padlock symbol.

A copy of a fraudulent item is attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of fraudulent items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

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

Jeff Polucci
Security & Facility Manager
Hoosac Bank
93 Main Street
North Adams, Massachusetts 01247
Telephone: (413) 663-2188
Fax: (413) 664-8134
E-mail: JPolucci@MountainOne.com

To report this scam or any other scam based in or mailed from Canada, please contact Phonebusters, which is a joint partnership between the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Phonebusters is interested in receiving copies of scam letters, particularly those involving Canadian mailing addresses or telephone numbers. Records relating to the payment of advance fees should also be forwarded to Phonebusters. This information is used to assist in the strategic targeting of would-be fraudsters. Scam letters should be forwarded to the Phonebusters National Call Center (PNCC) as follows:

Mail: Box 686
North Bay, Ontario, Canada
P1B 8J8
Web site: www.phonebusters.com
Telephone: +1 (888) 495-8501 (toll-free in Canada and the USA)
Fax: +1 (888) 654-9426 (toll-free in Canada and the USA)
E-mail: info@phonebusters.com
Advance fee fraud (including Nigerian and lottery letters): wafl@phonebusters.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. Questions 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/2007/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
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 5/23/2007 communications@fdic.gov