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October 17, 2007

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

American Bank of St. Paul (American Bank), Saint Paul, Minnesota, 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 096000603, which is assigned to American Bank of St. Paul, but are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border. The city is printed in small case (as "st paul") below the bank's name, Web site address, and a "TELEBANK" telephone number, which are located in the top-left corner. The "TELEBANK" telephone number is incorrectly printed as "651-628-628-BANK." The counterfeit items have a marbled background.

Authentic cashier's checks display the security statement "This document has a micro-print signature line, watermark, and a thermochromic icon; Absence of these features will indicate a copy." This statement is printed in italics beneath the written dollar amount line. A security padlock and statement appear to the right of the written dollar amount line. The city is printed in title case (as "St. Paul") below the bank's name, Web site address, a "TELEBANK" telephone number ("651-628-BANK"), and a local telephone number in the top-left 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:

Ellen Pickerign
Manager of Deposit Services
American Bank
1578 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Telephone: (651) 634-6472
Fax: (651) 628-2263
E-mail: epickerign@americanbankmn.com

Alternate Contact:

Mary Zaiger
Assistant Manager of Deposit Services
American Bank
1578 University Avenue West
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
Telephone: (651) 634-6479
Fax: (651) 628-2263
E-mail: mzaiger@americanbankmn.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
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 10/17/2007 communications@fdic.gov