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September 8, 2010

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

Mid-Wisconsin Bank, Medford, Wisconsin, 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 091502973, which is assigned to Mid-Wisconsin Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and have a scroll design border on the top and sides. The words "Cashier's Check" (with an apostrophe) are inside of a rectangle in the top center. A security feature statement is repeated on each side of the rectangle. The word "REMITTER" is in the lower-left corner and an indemnity bond statement is along the bottom. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" are shown below one signature line in the lower-right corner.

Authentic cashier's checks are light green and display the words "CASHIERS CHECK" (without an apostrophe) in the top-center area. A padlock icon and vertical security feature statement are centered in the right border. The word "REMITTER" is below the bank's logo, name and address in the top-left corner. The restrictive statement, "2 SIGNATURES REQUIRED IF OVER $50,000" is displayed below two signature lines in the lower-right 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:

Mid-Wisconsin Bank
Call Center Operations
132 West State Street
Medford, Wisconsin 54451
Telephone: (715) 748-8300
Fax: (715) 748-6553
E-mail: netconnection@midwisc.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-3054, 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/2010/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 9/8/2010 communications@fdic.gov