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August 19, 2009

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

CentreBank, Veedersburg, 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 074911219, which is assigned to CentreBank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in a bordered box in the top center between two security feature statements. A "NOTICE TO PURCHASER" statement and "REMITTER" are shown in the lower-left corner. The items have a three-sided ornate border. The bank's website, logo, name, location and a toll-free phone number, not associated with the bank, appear in the top-left corner.

Authentic checks are printed on gold paper with a basket-weave background. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. "REMITTER" is shown on the top-left side. The bank's logo, name and location appear in the bottom-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:

Yvonne Brown
Cashier and Bank Secrecy Act Officer
P.O. Box 247
128 North Main Street
Veedersburg, Indiana 47987
Telephone: (765) 294-2228, extension 12
Fax: (765) 294-3008
E-mail: ybrown@centrebank.net

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 8/19/2009 communications@fdic.gov