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SA-90-2010
June 22, 2010


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

United Central Bank, Garland, Texas, 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 071903110, which is assigned to Mutual Bank, Harvey, Illinois. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items have scroll borders on three-sides with solid square top corners and solid circle bottom corners. The words "ORIGINAL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT" are displayed inside a rectangle with a security feature statement on each side and centered within the top border. The bank logo is oblong in shape.

Authentic cashier's checks are white with a pale light blue and silver ornate design in the top corners and lower-left corner. The words "ORIGINAL FINANCIAL INSTRUMENT" are top-centered and, as a security feature, will not appear when copied. The restrictive statement "ORIGINAL SIGNATURES REQUIRED FOR SIGNATURES OVER $1500.00" appears above one signature line. The bank logo is circular in shape.

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:

Kelli Saxsma
Vice President and Corporate Compliance Officer
United Central Bank
955 175th Street
Homewood, Illinois 60430
Telephone: (708) 794-2236
Fax: (708) 794-2297
E-mail: kelli.saxsma@unitedcentralbank.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 6/22/2010 communications@fdic.gov