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SA-188-2008
September 4, 2008


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

Lake City Bank, Warsaw, Indiana, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to U.S. Bank, St. Paul, Minnesota. Lake City Bank issues cashier's checks through Moneygram Payment Systems, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, using a payable-through account at U.S. Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, the counterfeit items display "Pay to the Order of" on one line, rather than on two lines. The written dollar amount is shown inside of a box above the signature line.

Authentic cashier's checks display a "REMITTER" line just above the payee. The FDIC logo is displayed at the bottom center and "PAYABLE THROUGH BANK IS U. S. BANK ST. PAUL, MN" is located in the lower-left corner.

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:

Eric Shrock
Assistant Vice President for Bank Secrecy Act and Loss Prevention
Lake City Bank
113 East Market Street
Warsaw, Indiana 46581- 1387
Telephone: (574) 267-9198, extension 6303 or (877)-718-9198, extension 6303
E-mail: eric.shrock@lakecitybank.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 www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2008/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 9/4/2008 communications@fdic.gov