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SA-192-2008
September 4, 2008


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

Fidelity Bank, Wichita, Kansas, 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 301171353, which is assigned to Fidelity Bank. The items are similar to some of the bank's authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items show a telephone number beginning with area code "(406)" after the zip code and have only one signature line.

Authentic checks from Fidelity Bank are issued in two forms. The first check displays a "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" above two signature lines. The bank's local telephone number, which begins with area code "(316)," is shown on a line below the bank's address. The second authentic check displays the bank name as "Oklahoma Fidelity Bank" and also has a "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" above two signature lines. The bank's local telephone number, which begins with area code "(316)," is shown on a line below the bank's address.

Copies of a counterfeit item and authentic checks (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:

Beverly Dixon
Vice President
Loss Prevention & Security Manager
Fidelity Bank
100 East English Street
Wichita, Kansas 67202
Telephone: (800) 658-1637, extension 7215
Fax: (316) 268-7324
E-mail: bdixon@fidelitybank.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 9/4/2008 communications@fdic.gov