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SA-150-2007
June 7, 2007


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

Sevier County Bank, Sevierville, Tennessee, 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 display the routing number 064202763, which is assigned to Sevier County Bank. The items display "Cashier's Check" on the left side and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank ("888-634-5623"), in the upper-left corner below the bank's name, city and state. The security statements "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER" and "THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK – HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW" are embedded in the top and bottom borders, respectively. The items are pale blue and have two signature lines on the right side.

Authentic checks are yellow with blue borders and display the words "Cashier's Check" in script in the lower-left corner. The bank's telephone number ("865-453-6101") is printed in the upper- left corner below the bank's name and post office box address. The security statement "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY" appears just below the top border. Authentic checks have one authorized signature line in the lower-right corner.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit 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:

Catherine Wolfe
Vice President of Compliance
Sevier County Bank
Post Office Box 5288
Sevierville, Tennessee 37864-5288
Telephone: (865) 453-6101
Fax: (865) 429-1314
E-mail: Cwolfe@SevierCountyBank.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other counterfeit 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 website 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 6/7/2007 communications@fdic.gov