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SA-18-2004
March 4, 2004


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks drawn on Southeastern Bank, Darien, Georgia, and The Gunnison Bank and Trust Company, Gunnison, Colorado, are in circulation.

Southeastern Bank, Darien, Georgia, has reported to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) that counterfeit cashier's checks are in circulation. The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the bank's routing number of 061205844. The counterfeit instruments are very similar to the authentic official checks and do not show any apparent deviations. A copy of a counterfeit check and a copy of an authentic official check (void) are attached for your review.

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

Ms. Sandy Hilton
Southeastern Bank
P.O. Box 455
Darien, Georgia 31305
Telephone: (912) 437-4141
Fax: (912) 437-2294
The Gunnison Bank and Trust, Gunnison, Colorado, has also reported to the FDIC that counterfeit cashier's checks are in circulation. The counterfeit instruments are drawn upon the bank and display the bank's proper routing number of 102101276. While the counterfeit items are similar to the authentic cashier's checks, the print font on the counterfeit items is slightly altered. In addition, The Crested Butte Bank (branch) printed in the lower left-hand corner of the counterfeit item is misspelled as The "G"rested Butte Bank. A copy of a counterfeit check and a copy of an authentic official check (void) are attached for your review.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:
Ms. Sue Torenson
Operations Officer
The Gunnison Bank and Trust
232 West Tomichi Ave.
Gunnison, Colorado 81230
Telephone: (970) 641-7825
Fax: (970) 641-0054
Information about these financial institutions or 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, Financial Institution Letters and other announcements through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/news/news/announcements/index.html.

Michael J. Zamorski
Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

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Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

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Last Updated 3/04/2004 communications@fdic.gov