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SA-184-2009
October 28, 2009


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

Bank of Pine Hill, Pine Hill, Alabama, 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 062105781, which is assigned to Bank of Pine Hill. A security feature statement is embedded within a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" and a "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" statement appear in the lower-left corner. The word "DRAWER" appears on the right above the "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" line.

Authentic checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" vertically along the left side. The bank's telephone number appears below that bank's name and address in the top-left corner. The word "REMITTER" appears in the center and the word "DOLLARS" appears on the right side of the checks. The word "DATE" appears on the right side along with the statement "THIS CHECK VOID 90 DAYS AFTER THE ISSUE DATE."

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:

Melody D. Godbold
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Bank of Pine Hill
P.O. Box 310
Pine Hill, Alabama 36769
Telephone: (334) 963-4343
Fax: (334) 963-4943
Email: melody@pinebelt.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
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 10/28/2009 communications@fdic.gov