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SA-185-2007
July 3, 2007


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

Alliance Bank, Lake City, Minnesota, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name American Bank, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, are in circulation. American Bank merged with another institution in 2005, and the surviving institution merged into Alliance Bank in 2007.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 092005411, which is assigned to First Interstate Bank, Helena, Montana. American Bank issued cashier's checks through an account at First Interstate Bank; however, cashier's checks bearing the name American Bank have not been issued since July 2005.

The counterfeit items are relatively similar to authentic cashier's checks previously issued. However, the authentic American Bank cashier's checks have a security statement beneath the top border, while the counterfeit items have a security statement embedded in the top border. Authentic cashier's checks had a decorative border.

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:

Ann Hartle
Compliance Officer
Alliance Bank
310 Pinnacle Way, P.O. Box 308
Eau Claire, Wisconsin 54702-0308
Telephone: (715) 834-5327
E-mail: ann.hartle@alliancebanks.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. Questions 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 website at http://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
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site electronic images of fraudulent items or authentic checks that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Financial institutions can view images of the fraudulent items and authentic checks (marked as VOID) using the FDIC's free, secure Web site, FDICconnect. (See more information about FDICconnect at http://www.fdic.gov/news/news/financial/2006/fil06032.html.) Printed copies of each Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center (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 7/3/2007 communications@fdic.gov