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SA-32-2010
March 22, 2010


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Beal Bank, SSB, Dallas, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

Beal Bank, SSB, Plano, Texas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 31199330, which is assigned to Beal Bank, SSB, but are dissimilar to authentic official checks. The items are computer-generated and are green and borderless. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are displayed inside a rectangle near the top-right corner. A toll-free telephone number, not associated with the bank, appears in the top-left corner.

Authentic official checks are white with "BEAL BANK" (in blue print) as background. The checks have a three-sided border and a watermark on the reverse side. A security feature statement is centered below the top border and tiered (in red print) in the lower-left corner. Eight arrows precede the payable amount on the written dollar amount line.

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:

Sharon L. Lahr
Compliance Officer
Beal Bank, SSB
6000 Legacy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024
Telephone: (469) 467-5644
Fax: (469) 241-9564
E-mail: slahr@bealservice.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-3054, 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/2010/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 3/22/2010 communications@fdic.gov