In the news ... Friday, December 21, 2007

Mid-Atlantic Area

 

Pennsylvania

Three Glenhardie Corporate Center

1265 Drummers Lane, Suite 220

Wayne, PA  19087

(610) 687-8020

(800) 842-2080

(610) 687-6056 - fax

 

Calder Square

P.O. Box 10326

State College, PA  16805-0326

(814) 238-3600

(814) 238-3604 - fax

 

125 Technology Drive, Suite 101

Canonsburg, PA  15317

(866) 364-2777

(724) 746-5434 - fax

 

Delaware

32 The Green

Dover, DE  19901

(302) 734-3570

(800) 722-0784

(302) 734-3254 - fax

 

The 800 King Street Building

800 King Street, Suite 304

Wilmington, DE  19801

(302) 661-1997

(302) 661-1996 - fax

 

Maryland

Columbia Corporate Park

8850 Stanford Blvd., Suite 2900

Columbia, MD  21045

(410) 953-6763

(800) 664-8306

(410) 953-6761 - fax

 

Virginia

9303 Center Street, Suite 101

Manassas, VA  20110-5547

(703) 365-2300

(800) 232-6817

(703) 365-2400 - fax

 

1503 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 233

Richmond, VA  23229

(804) 288-4090

(888) 859-922

(804) 288-4092 - fax

TWO FDIC ALERTS


Lafayette Ambassador Bank, Easton, Pennsylvania, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official and counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 031302133, which is assigned to Lafayette Ambassador Bank. However, the counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. There are two versions of the counterfeit items. One is referred to as an "OFFICIAL CHECK" while the other is a "CASHIER'S CHECK." The counterfeit items display the security statement "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A BLUE & GREEN BACKGROUND AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK ON THE BACK-HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW" embedded within a darkened top border.

Lafayette Ambassador Bank does not issue cashier's checks; however, it does issue official checks. Authentic official checks have a multi-colored background and ornate borders. The security feature statement "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A MULTICOLORED BACKGROUND, MICROPRINT LINES IN THE BORDER, A TRUE WATERMARK, AND VISIBLE PLUS INVISIBLE FLUORESCENT FIBERS" appears below the top border. The bank's waving-flag logo precedes the bank's name in a darkened rectangle with rounded corners in the top center.

Copies of two counterfeit items 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:

John P. Illes, IV
Regional Security Officer
Fulton Financial Corporation
3975 Township Line Road
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania 18020
Telephone: (610) 758-7351
Fax: (610) 758-7338
E-mail: Jilles@fult.com

Conestoga Bank, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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 036002069, which is assigned to First Penn Bank. First Penn Bank was acquired by Conestoga Bank in May 2007. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items are pink with a maroon top border. The items also display the security feature statement "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER" within the top border. Centered between two padlock icons in the bottom border are the security statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK." The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" (with an apostrophe) appear above the signature line.

Authentic cashier's checks are peach in color with orange top and bottom borders. The security statement "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND-NOT A WHITE BACKGROUND" is centered between two padlock icons within the top border. The statement "THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK-HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW" is embedded within the bottom border. The words "CASHIERS CHECK" (without an apostrophe) appear above the signature line. The bank's telephone number ("215-979-7900") is printed below the bank's name, logo and address in the top-left corner.

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:

Compliance Officer
Conestoga Bank
165 Pottstown Pike
Chester Springs, Pennsylvania 19425
Telephone: (610) 321-6900
Fax: (610) 321-6924

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/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

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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).

 


 

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