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SA-4-2007
January 4, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Regions Bank, Montgomery, Alabama, are reportedly in circulation.

American Banking Company, Moultrie, Georgia (also known as Ameris Bank) has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's routing number are in circulation.

Counterfeit items display the routing number 062101934, which is assigned to American Banking Company, and are dissimilar to the authentic checks. Counterfeit items display "REGIONS BANK" in the top-center portion above the words "FOR VERIFICATION CALL 334-413- 0756." "CERTIFIED CASHIERS CHECK" is printed in the upper-left corner above the address "P.O. BOX 48309, MONTGOMERY, AL 36117."

Authentic checks display the routing number 102000979, and are issued by Integrated Payment Systems Inc., Englewood, Colorado, and payable through J.P. Morgan Chase N.A., Denver, Colorado. "Ameris" is printed in the top-left corner and "OFFICIAL CHECK" appears in the top- center portion.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

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

Mona A. Hayes, Assistant Vice President
Bank Secrecy Act/Anti-Money Laundering Compliance
Ameris Bank
P.O. Box 3668
Moultrie, Georgia 31776
Phone: (229) 890-6372 Extension 331
Fax: (229) 890-6376
Email: mona.hayes@amerisbank.com

Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents, and other fraudulent activity 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/2007/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Sandra L. Thompson
Director

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Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)




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