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April 23, 2004

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on First State Bank, Holly Springs, Mississippi, are reportedly in circulation.

First State Bank, Holly Springs, Mississippi, has reported to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that counterfeit cashier's checks are in circulation. The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the proper routing number of 084204628. However, they do not resemble the authentic official instruments. The authentic cashier's checks are printed on gray check paper stock, have a decorative border and display the bank's telephone number beneath the logo. The counterfeit items are printed on maroon check paper stock, have only a thin border at the top of the check, and do not display the bank's telephone number. A copy of an authentic official check (void) and a copy of a counterfeit check are attached for your review.

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

Ms. Debra Sims
Assistant Vice President
First State Bank
P.O. Box 580
Holly Springs, Mississippi 38635
Telephone: (662) 252-4211
Fax: (662) 252-4003
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. Information also may be 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)

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Last Updated 4/23/2004 communications@fdic.gov