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May 20, 2009

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name BankFirst Financial Services, Winter Park, Florida, are reportedly in circulation.

BankFirst Financial Services, Macon, Mississippi, 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 084201786, which is assigned to BankFirst Financial Services. The items also display a security warning statement centered along the top border above a logo associated with a BankFirst in Winter Park, Florida.

Authentic cashier's checks display a four-sided design border. The bank's official logo (shadow box containing bank name) and P.O. Box address are displayed in the top center. The checks also display a padlock icon and vertical security statement along the right side border.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Please 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:

Debbie Kirk
First Vice President
BankFirst Financial Services
110 South Jefferson Street
PO Box 31
Macon, Mississippi 39341
Telephone: (662) 762-1004
Fax: (662) 726-1222
E-mail: dkirk@bankfirstfs.com

Alternate Contact:

Josh Hailey
Vice President and Director of Technology
BankFirst Financial Services
110 South Jefferson Street
PO Box 31
Macon, Mississippi 39341
Telephone: (662) 762-6006
Fax: (662) 726-6037

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/2009/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 5/20/2009 communications@fdic.gov