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March 31, 2005

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier’s checks drawn on Community First National Bank, Fargo, North Dakota, are reportedly in circulation.

Bank of the West, San Francisco, California, as successor-in-interest to Community First National Bank, Fargo, North Dakota, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier’s checks bearing the name of Community First National Bank are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the proper routing number of 096016765, which was the payable-through bank for Community First National Bank. Bank of The West acquired Community First National Bank effective December 3, 2004. As a result, Community First National Bank official checks that are dated after the conversion date of December 3, 2004, may be counterfeit since only official checks of Bank of the West are being issued. Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic cashier’s check (VOID) issued by the Fargo branch are attached for your review.

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

Tyson Zeltinger
Investigator-Midwest Region
Bank of the West
520 North Main Avenue
Fargo, North Dakota 58124
Telephone: (701) 271-6614
Fax: (701) 271-6620
Email: tzeltinger@bankofthewest.com

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.

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  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 03/31/2005 communications@fdic.gov