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SA-1-2007
January 4, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Community Bank, Staunton, Virginia, are reportedly in circulation.

Community Bank, Staunton, Virginia, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

Counterfeit items display the routing number 25147309, which is not a valid routing number. Counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and are printed on blue and purple paper. The phrase "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BACKGROUND AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK CERTIFICATION SEAL ON THE BACK - HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW SEAL" is embedded in the top border. The phrase "SIGNATURE HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND" is printed in the lower- right corner below the signature line.

Authentic cashier's checks are printed on light green paper with black and green borders and black lettering.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic check (VOID) are attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

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

Joseph P. Zakaib
Vice President
Security Officer
Community Bank
38 North Central Avenue
Staunton, Virginia 24401
Phone: (540) 213-1230
Fax: (540) 213-1263
E-mail: jzakaib@cbnk.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/2007/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
Director

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Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)




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