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SA-313-2007
December 20, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Valley Bank & Trust, Brighton, Colorado, are reportedly in circulation.

Valley Bank and Trust, Brighton, Colorado, 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 107005445, which is assigned to Valley Bank and Trust. The counterfeit items are very similar to authentic cashier's check; however, they are gray and blue in color.

Authentic checks are green on the top and bottom, and fade to white through the middle. They also have a security feature statement below the top border.

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:

Jim Mathews
Vice President of Internal Audit and Security
Valley Bank & Trust
4900 East Bromley Lane
Brighton, Colorado 80601
Telephone: (720) 685-1695
Fax: (303) 659-2816
E-mail: JMathews@Valleybankandtrust.com

Alternate Contacts:

Stacy Buchta
Bookkeeper
Valley Bank & Trust
30 North 4th Avenue
Brighton, Colorado 80601
Telephone: (303) 655-4469
Fax: (303) 655-4491
Email: SBuchta@Valleybankandtrust.com
Nathan Siegle
Audit Officer
Valley Bank & Trust
4900 East Bromley Lane
Brighton, Colorado 80601
Telephone: (303) 659-3490, extension 244
Fax: (303) 659-2816
Email: NSiegle@Valleybankandtrust.com
Dori Hunt
Assistant Cashier
Valley Bank & Trust
30 North 4th Avenue
Brighton, Colorado 80601
Telephone: (303) 655-4462
Fax: (303) 655-4491
Email: DHunt@Valleybankandtrust.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 12/20/2007 communications@fdic.gov