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May 15, 2006

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: First Bank & Trust, N.A., Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has reported that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name First American Bank & Trust are in circulation.

First Bank & Trust, N.A., Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name First American Bank & Trust are in circulation. First American Bank & Trust recently changed its name to First Bank & Trust, N.A.

The counterfeit items include the routing number 091400606, which is assigned to First Bank & Trust, N.A., and are similar to authentic checks. However, the counterfeit items display the following security statement embedded in the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A BLUE AND GREEN BACKGROUND AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK ON THE BACK. HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." There is also wording displayed beneath the signature line.

Authentic checks contain neither a security statement in the top border nor a statement beneath the signature line. "REMITTER" is displayed above a line on the left side of the check.

A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic cashier's check (VOID) are attached for your review.

In addition to the above described counterfeit items, the bank has reported that items are being presented for payment bearing the business name Precision Incorporated and a Worthing, South Dakota, address. These checks are in the amount of $5,690.64 and bear the bank's routing number.

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

Jenni Kirchhevel
Corporate Security Officer
Fishback Financial Corporation
2220 6th Street
Brookings, South Dakota 57006
Telephone: (605) 696-2269
Fax: (605) 696-2311
E-mail: jkirchhevel@bankeasy.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-4004, 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/2006/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
  Acting Director
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, 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 05/15/2006 communications@fdic.gov