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SA-305-2007
December 19, 2007


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

FSGBank, National Association, Chattanooga, 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 064208589, which is assigned to FSGBank. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and are pink with burgundy borders. The counterfeit items display the security feature statement "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER" embedded in the top border, as well as a statement along the bottom border between two padlock icons. A telephone number, which is not associated with the bank ("1-289-892-2794"), is displayed in the bottom-left corner. The bank's initials are incorrectly printed as "FSBBANK" when embossed on the written dollar amount line.

Authentic checks are pale yellow. Displayed above the top border are a padlock icon and the security statement: "The Security Features on This Document Include a Microprint Signature Line, Bleed-through Micr, a True Watermark & Visible Fibers."

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:

Michael Sarkowski
Corporate Security Officer
FSGBank, N.A.
531 Broad Street
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
Telephone: (706) 428-2524
Fax: (706) 226-1606
E-mail: msarkowski@fsgbank.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 12/19/2007 communications@fdic.gov