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March 10, 2004

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Missing Money Orders
Summary: Missing money orders drawn on Berkshire Bank, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, are in circulation.

Berkshire Bank, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, has reported to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that 2,400 of the bank's money orders were lost in transit between the vendor and the bank. The missing check numbers begin with 332126 and continue in sequential order through 334525. A copy of a bank money order (void) is attached for your review.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Mr. David Harrington
Assistant Vice President and
Corporate Security Officer
Berkshire Bank
24 North Street
Pittsfield, Massachusetts 01201
Telephone: (413) 443-5601
Fax: (413) 448-2082

Information concerning this financial institution or these instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4040, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2004/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts, Financial Institution Letters and other announcements through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/news/news/announcements/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (1-877-275-3342 or (703) 562-2200).

Last Updated 03/10/2004 communications@fdic.gov