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Alert 2006-22
Description: Extraco Banks, N.A.

Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Extraco Banks, N.A., Temple, Texas

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 to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) that counterfeit cashier’s checks, issued in the name of Farmers Bank, San Antonio, TX, but using a routing number of 111915576, are being presented nationwide for payment. This is the retired routing number of First Waco, which was acquired by Extraco Bank. This routing number is still in circulation on some Extraco Bank customer checks; however, it will not appear on any authentic cashier’s check.

The counterfeit items do not resemble authentic items. The counterfeit checks may be identified by the following: a standard blue check stock with a security strip in the top border which states: “THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A BLUE CHECK BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER AND A VOID PANTOGRAPH WITH A BLUE SECURITY STRIP IN CENTER.” The words “CASHIER’S CHECK” appear along the left border of the instrument, and the bank’s name, “Farmers Bank, San Antonio, Texas,” appears in the center of the check with a fictitious bank logo to the left. The logo is the #1 inside of an image of the United States encircled by a globe. The words “TO THE ORDER OF” appear in the lower-left corner of the check. An “Authorized Signature” line appears in the lower-right corner, possibly showing the signature of a David Jaret, followed by the numbers “322 1651.” The checks appear to be prepared using a digital check writer. All of the counterfeit items presented to date have been printed with check number 85631, dated April 18, 2006, in the amount of $4,600.00, and show the remitter as Chris Strickland.

There are no authentic cashier’s checks in circulation bearing the name of Farmers Bank, San Antonio, Texas, and using routing number 111915576.

For additional information and guidance, please contact Marisa Truelove, Deposit Operations Manager, Extraco Banks, P.O. Box 6101, Temple, Texas 76503-6101, by telephone at (254) 774-5521, by fax at (254) 774-5590, or via e-mail at [mtruelove@extracobanks.com].

Additional information concerning this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of the OCC may be forwarded to:

E-mail: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Enforcement & Compliance Division, MS 8-10
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5214
Internet: http://www.occ.gov

For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resource at:
http://www.occ.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/index-fraud-resources.html.

/signed/

Daniel P. Stipano
Deputy Chief Counsel