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February 25, 2008

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Treasurer's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit treasurer's checks bearing the name Domestic Bank, Chanston, Rhode Island, are reportedly in circulation.

Domestic Bank, Cranston, Rhode Island, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit treasurer's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 211574833, which is assigned to Domestic Bank, but are dissimilar to authentic treasurer's checks. The counterfeit items misspell the city name as "CHANSTON" in the top-left corner. They have a tan background and ornate borders with solid brown squares in each corner. Security feature statements are embedded in the top and bottom borders, and a security padlock is embedded in the right border and inside a pink vertical rectangle in the lower-right corner. The reverse side has three signature lines and the lower portion has security feature descriptions.

Authentic treasurer's checks are light blue with a wavy-patterned background and rounded corners. The bank's Web site address is printed below the bank's name and slogan in the top-left corner. Check numbers are shown in red print and the reverse side is blank.

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:

Pasquale LaMarra, Jr
Vice President of Deposit Operations
Domestic Bank
815 Reservoir Avenue
Cranston, Rhode Island 02910
Telephone: (401) 942-1600, extension 446
Fax: (401) 943-6904
E-mail: plamarra@domestic.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/2008/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 2/25/2008 communications@fdic.gov