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SA-125-2008
June 16, 2008


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Wrentham Co-operative Bank, Wrentham, Massachusetts, are reportedly in circulation.

Wrentham Co-operative Bank, Wrentham, Massachusetts, 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 211371938, which is an invalid routing number. Wrentham Co-operative Bank does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue treasurer's checks.

The counterfeit items have an ornate border along the top and sides. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are inside a rectangular box embedded in the center of the top border with the statement "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK" shown on each side. The bank's name and "P.O. Box 250, Wrentham, MA 02093" appear in the lower-left corner. The bank's name is repeated as "DRAWER" above a single signature line on the right side. The word "REMITTER" is in the top-left corner.

Authentic treasurer's checks are light blue with ornate borders on all sides. They display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to US Bank, Saint Paul, Minnesota. Wrentham Co-operative Bank treasurer's checks are issued by Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, through US Bank. The bank's name and logo (an oblong circle with a house and tree icon) are in the top-left corner. The following security statement is displayed below the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK PRINTED ON THE BACK. THE FRONT OF THE DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY." The words "TREASURER'S CHECK" are shown in a rectangular box and the bank's name, city and state are in the lower-left corner. "TWO SIGNATURES ARE REQUIRED FOR AMOUNTS OVER $10,000" and "DRAWER: WRENTHAM CO-OPERATIVE BANK" are shown above two signature lines in the lower-right corner. Each signature line has the words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" beneath it.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic treasurer's 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:

Kevin J. Browne
Vice President and Security Officer
Wrentham Co-operative Bank
P.O. Box 250
Wrentham, Massachusetts 02093-0250
Telephone: (508) 384-6101
Fax: (508) 384-8547
E-mail: kjbrowne@wrenthamcoop.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
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 6/16/2008 communications@fdic.gov