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March 26, 2008

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

Florida Telco Credit Union, Jacksonville, Florida, 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 263079043, which is assigned to Florida Telco Credit Union, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items are green with dark green borders and rounded corners. They display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. "CASHIER'S CHECK Remitter:" is shown in the lower-left corner. "OVER $20,000 MUST BE COUNTERSIGNED" appears below the second of two signature lines in the lower-right corner.

Authentic cashier's checks are light blue with thin double borders and red check numbers. The bank's telephone number, "(904) 723-6300," is shown below that bank's name and address in the top-left corner. "OVER $20,000.00 MUST BE COUNTERSIGNED" appears below the first of two signature lines and "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" below the second.

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:

Joan A. Bleacher
Risk Management Officer
Florida Telco Credit Union
9700 Touchton Road
Jacksonville, Florida 32246
Telephone: (904) 723-6103
Fax: (904) 722-6603
E-mail: jbeacher@floridatelco.org

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 3/26/2008 communications@fdic.gov