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Alert 2006-48
Description: Community National Bank of Sarasota County

Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Community National Bank of Sarasota County, Venice, Florida

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 The above-named bank continues to be victimized by counterfeit official checks issued in the bank’s name. These checks are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various scams.

The volume of these counterfeit items has increased and the variation of the appearance of them has become constant. Bank officials, therefore, should consider suspect all official checks drawn on Community National Bank of Sarasota County unless the purchaser is a person well known to the bank or to the person depositing the check. If there is any doubt about its authenticity, the approving official should verify any such check directly with Community National Bank of Sarasota County.

For additional information and guidance, please contact Silverio Algarin, Compliance Officer, Community National Bank of Sarasota County, 201 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285, by telephone at (941) 488-6660, by fax at (941) 484-8153, or via e-mail at [frank.algarin@cnbsara.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
Special Supervision Division, MS 6-4
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