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SA-250-2006
August 29, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the names North Canton Bank and North Oak Bank, Newton, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

Denison State Bank, Holton, Kansas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's routing number and fictitious bank names are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 101108034, which is assigned to Denison State Bank. However, the counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks. The counterfeit items include an "NB" logo and the name "North Canton Bank" or "North Oak Bank" above the words "Newton, Texas," centered at the top. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are printed vertically along the left side of the counterfeit items.

Authentic Denison State Bank checks display the words "BANK MONEY ORDER" directly above "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. Authentic checks include the bank's logo next to the bank's name, four branch locations, and the words "MEMBER FDIC" centered at the top. The statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED FOR AMOUNTS OVER $500.00" is printed above 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 may be modified and that additional variations are possible.

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

Sarah LeDoux
Vice President, Cashier, and Chief Operations Officer
Denison State Bank
421 New York Avenue
Post Office Box 71
Holton, Kansas 66436
Phone: (785) 364-3131
Fax: (785) 364-3793
E-mail: sledoux@denisonstatebank.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 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 8/29/2006 communications@fdic.gov