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January 5, 2007

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Bremer Bank, National Association, South St. Paul, Minnesota, are reportedly in circulation.

Bremer Bank, National Association, Menomonie, Wisconsin, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are reportedly part of a consumer scam and are included with a letter bearing the name "KPMG Financial Trust Services" and an address in the Bahamas.

Counterfeit items display the routing number 092005411, which is assigned to First Interstate Bank, Billings, Montana. Bremer Bank, National Association issues official checks through an account at First Interstate Bank. Counterfeit items display security wording embedded in the top border and a South St. Paul, Minnesota address.

A copy of a counterfeit item is attached for your review. Be aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be presented.

Bremer Bank, National Association, requests customers verify the authenticity of the bank's checks by using the following contact information:

Vicki Colliander
Assistant Vice President, Loss Prevention Services
Bremer Bank, National Association
8555 Eagle Point Boulevard
Lake Elmo, Minnesota 55042
Telephone: (800) 908-2265, Select Option 8, Extension 4450
Fax: (651) 734-4211
E-mail: fraud@bremer.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 website 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


Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

Last Updated 1/5/2007 communications@fdic.gov