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January 23, 2008

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

First Federal Bank of the Midwest, Defiance, Ohio, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name "First Federal Bank" are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 241270851, which is assigned to First Federal Bank of the Midwest. The counterfeit items are very similar to authentic cashier's checks; however, they are light green and display the following security feature statements within the top border: "Front of document features colored background inside this high resolution border, micro-print signature, outside of border. Back of document has border and white background. 'Security Screent' a micro-print line and artificial watermarks."

Authentic checks are greenish blue and display the following security feature statements in the top border: "Front of document features colored background inside this high resolution border and a white band outside of border. Back of document has grey printing on a white background. 'Security Document' is micro-printed in bottom border and 'Authorized Signature' in signature line."

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:

Patricia A. Cooper
Senior Vice President of BSA, Fraud and Bank Security
First Federal Bank of the Midwest
601 Clinton Street
P.O. Box 248
Defiance, Ohio 43512
Telephone: (419) 782-5074
Fax: (419) 782-6573
E-mail: pcooper@first-fed.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/2008/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
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 1/31/2008 communications@fdic.gov