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June 24, 2009

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

DeSoto County Bank, Horn Lake, Mississippi, 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 084006237, which is assigned to DeSoto County Bank. They also display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The bank logo, name and location, and a telephone number are displayed in the lower-left corner. "Cashier's Check" appears in the top-left corner.

Authentic checks are labeled as "OFFICIAL CHECK," and are issued through MoneyGram Payment Systems, P.O Box 9476, Minneapolis, Minnesota. A security feature is displayed along the top border, and the bank's logo, name and address appear in the top center. The checks display the routing number 011007092.

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:

Machelle Wright
Assistant Vice President of Operation
DeSoto County Bank
6040 Highway 51 North
Horn Lake, Mississippi 38637
Telephone: (662) 996-1350 or (662) 996-1270
E-mail: mwright@desotobank.com

Alternate Contact:

Wayne Jones
Branch Manager
DeSoto County Bank
6040 Highway 51 North
Horn Lake, Mississippi 38637
Telephone: (662) 996-1350 or (662) 996-1270
E-mail: wjones@desotobank.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/2009/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
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 6/24/2009 communications@fdic.gov