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SA-193-2008
September 4, 2008


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

Milledgeville State Bank, Milledgeville, Illinois, 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 071121620, which is assigned to Milledgeville State Bank. "CASHIER'S CHECK" and a notice to customers are displayed in the top center. A security feature statement is embedded in the top border and along the bottom between two padlock icons. The bank's name, city, state and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, are shown in the bottom-left corner.

Milledgeville State Bank does not issue cashier's checks. It does, however, issue money orders. Authentic money orders display the bank's logo in the top center and the words "MONEY ORDER" appear vertically on the left side. The bank's name, address and telephone number are shown in the top-left corner.

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:

Jerry Carter
Vice President and Cashier
Milledgeville State Bank
P.O. Box 789
451 North Main Avenue
Milledgeville, Illinois 61051
Telephone: (815) 225-7171
Fax: (815) 225-7173
E-mail: jerry@milledgevillebank.com

Alternate Contact:

Scott Foltz
Operations Officer
Milledgeville State Bank
P.O. Box 789
451 North Main Avenue
Milledgeville, Illinois 61051
Telephone: (815) 225-7171
Fax: (815) 225-7173
E-mail: scottf@milledgevillebank.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
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 9/4/2008 communications@fdic.gov