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SA-66-2005
June 13, 2005


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks drawn on Community Bank of Southern Indiana, New Albany, Indiana, are reportedly in circulation.

Community Bank of Southern Indiana, New Albany, Indiana, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that fraudulent official checks are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 096016765, which was assigned to the Travelers Express Company account at Firstar Bank in Minnesota. Firstar Bank has since become U.S. Bank National Association. The counterfeit checks are similar to authentic checks. However, the counterfeit checks have a toll-free telephone number printed under the bank's logo and security wording along the top border of the check. Authentic checks do not have a toll-free telephone number or the security wording. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Tim Rigrish
Bank Security Officer
Community Bank of Southern Indiana
101 West Spring Street
New Albany, Indiana 47150
Telephone: (812) 981-7360
Fax: (812) 949-6870
Email: trigrish@cbinonline.com

Information about these instruments 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. 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/2005/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
Director
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 6/13/2005 communications@fdic.gov