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August 9, 2007

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

Pinnacle Bank, Lincoln, Nebraska, 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 104913912, which is assigned to Pinnacle Bank. The items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and display the following security feature statement centered within the top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLOR BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" are centered along the bottom border with a padlock icon printed on each side. The bank's logo, name, address, incorrect post office box ("P.O Box 170"), city, state and zip code appear in the top center. The counterfeit items are blue and have a "VOID" background when copied.

Authentic cashier's checks display the following security feature statements below the top border: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS SAFETY PAPER DESIGN, HIGH RESOLUTION BORDERS, WATER MARK, MICRO PRINT SIG LINE, AND THERMOCHROMIC ICON ON BACK. LOOK FOR THESE FEATURES." The statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $1000.00" is below the printed dollar amount line and "AN AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appears above each signature line. A security icon and statement are printed above the word "DOLLARS" on the right side. The checks have ornate borders and are yellow.

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:

Bradley R. Vogel
Corporate Fraud Officer
Pinnacle Bancorp
20544 Husker Drive
P.O. Box 598
Gretna, Nebraska 68028-0598
Telephone: (402) 332-2114
Fax: (402) 332-0118
E-mail: bradley.vogel@pinnbank.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-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/2007/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

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 8/9/2007 communications@fdic.gov