Alert 2006-43| August 16, 2006

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of First National Bank of Midland, Midland, TX

To

Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Director, Office of Thrift Supervision; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsel; and All Examining Personnel

The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier’s checks issued in the bank’s name and using a correct routing number of 116324201 are being presented for payment locally and nationwide in connection with an Internet purchase scam. While the counterfeit items have a strong resemblance to the authentic checks, the counterfeit items can be identified by the following: the instruments contain a black border around the entire check and asterisks preceding and following the dollar amount.

Counterfeit items presented to date have been payable in the amount of $4,800.00, show the remitter as Sarah Adams, and are dated 8/11/06.

For additional information and guidance, please contact George Reeves, SVP Operations, First National Bank of Midland, 123 N. Colorado, Midland, TX 79701, by telephone at (806) 374-1000, by fax at (806) 374-6954, or via email at [GReeves@fbotexas.com].

Email: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Special Supervision Division, MS 6-4
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5214
Internet: https://www.occ.gov

For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resource page.

/signed/

Gerard Sexton, Acting Director
Enforcement & Compliance Division