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SA-218-2009
December 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 Shelby County State Bank, Harlan, Iowa, are reportedly in circulation.

The Shelby County State Bank, Harlan, Iowa, 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 104903391, which is assigned to The Shelby County State Bank. The items are blue with a "VOID" background when copied and one signature line. A security feature statement is embedded in a darkened top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The words "Cashier's Check" are top-centered. The bank's logo, name, location and telephone number, unassociated with the bank, are in the top-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks are marble green and have two signature lines. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are along the left side. A "NOTICE TO CUSTOMERS" is in the lower-left corner. The bank's logo, motto, branch locations and a toll-free number are in the top-left corner. A lined octagon containing the dollar amount is in the center.

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:

Stefanie E. Kramer
Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operations Officer
The Shelby County State Bank
508 Court Street
Harlan, Iowa 51537
Telephone: (712) 755-5112, extension 221
Fax: (712) 755-2767
E-mail: skramer@scsbnet.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-3054, 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 12/24/2009 communications@fdic.gov