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November 23, 2004

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on the former CNB National Bank, Lake City, Florida, and Citrus Bank, Orlando, Florida, which are now part of Mercantile Bank, Orlando, Florida, are reportedly in circulation.

Mercantile Bank, Orlando, Florida, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the names of two previously acquired institutions are in circulation.

The counterfeit items in the name of CNB National Bank display the routing number of 063112281, and the counterfeit items in the name of Citrus Bank display the routing number of 063113772. CNB National Bank and Citrus Bank no longer exist as separate operating entities. These banking entities merged with Mercantile Bank on July 16, 2004, and July 1, 1999, respectively. Copies of the counterfeit items are attached for your review.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Ted Conroy
SVP Director, Corporate Investigations
TSFG, Carolina First Bank and Mercantile Bank
P.O. Box 1029
Greenville, South Carolina 29602
Telephone: (864) 239-4600
Fax: (864) 241-1565

Information about these instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4040, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2004/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.


Michael J. Zamorski

Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks commercial and savings). Printed copies of the Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (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 11/23/2004 communications@fdic.gov