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SA-209-2007
August 6, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Commercial Bank & Trust Company, Paris, Tennessee, are reportedly in circulation.

Commercial Bank & Trust Company, Paris, Tennessee, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company, Boston, Massachusetts. Commercial Bank issues official checks through Travelers Express Company, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, payable through Boston Safe Deposit & Trust Company.

The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic official checks and display the following security statement embedded within a darkened top border: "THE FACE OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER AND ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SECURITY SCREEN ON BACK WITH PADLOCK SECURITY ICON." A security padlock icon and the statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" appear on the right side. Printed in the upper-right corner are the statements "ISSUED BY: MONEYGRAM PAYMENT SYSTEMS, INC., P.O. BOX 48479, MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA 58480' AND "DRAWEE: BOSTON SAFE DEPOSITS & TRUST COMPANY, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS."

Authentic checks have ornate borders on the top and sides. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are incorporated within the top border and centered between the following security statements: "THE DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK" and "THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO PRINT SIGNATURE LINE AND BORDER ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY."

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:

Lisa Smith
Internal Auditor
Commercial Bank & Trust Company
P.O. Box 1013
Paris, Tennessee 38242
Telephone: (731) 641-9384
Fax: (731) 641-9457
E-mail: lsmith@cbtcnet.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 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 8/6/2007 communications@fdic.gov