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December 16, 2004

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Bank Money Orders
Summary: Counterfeit bank money orders drawn on Southern Missouri Bank & Trust Co., Poplar Bluff, Missouri, are reportedly in circulation.

Southern Missouri Bank & Trust Co., Poplar Bluff, Missouri, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit bank money orders bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 281573259 for Southern Missouri Bank & Trust Co. Two different styles of counterfeit items have been identified. The first counterfeit item (counterfeit item #1) is markedly dissimilar from an authentic bank money order. The second counterfeit item (counterfeit item #2) is similar to an authentic bank money order. Authentic bank money orders are printed on a blue background and have a single authorized signature line. Counterfeit item #2 is printed on a tan color paper and has two signature lines. Copies of the counterfeit items and an authentic bank money order (VOID) are attached for your review.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Lorna Brannum
Security Officer
Southern Missouri Bank & Trust Co.
P.O. Box 520
Poplar Bluff, Missouri 63901
Telephone: (573) 778-1804
Fax: (573) 686-2920

Information about these instruments may be forwarded to the FDIC's Special Activities Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4040, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to alert@fdic.gov. Information 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 Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2004/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski

Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Attachment (not available electronically)

NOTE: As a security precaution, the FDIC does not post to its Web site online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks - commercial and savings). Printed copies of the Special Alert and its attachment(s) may also be obtained from the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (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 12/16/2004 communications@fdic.gov