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SA-50-2007
February 27, 2007


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

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

The counterfeit items include the routing number 081502815, which is assigned to Central Bank. The counterfeit items display the following security statement, which is embedded within the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER AND ORIGINAL DOCUMENT SECURITY SCREEN ON BACK WITH PADLOCK SECURITY ICON." Along the left border, the words "CASHIER'S CHECK"are printed vertically. In the lower-left corner appears the wording "PAYABLE THROUGH FIRSTAR BANK OF MINNESOTA, N.A., ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA."

Authentic checks display "OFFICIAL BANK CHECK" above the lower-left corner with "AMOUNTS $3,000 AND OVER REQUIRE OFFICERS SIGNATURE" centered directed below. The checks have two signature lines, with the words "OFFICERS SIGNATURE" beneath the first line. The following statements are printed within the right border: "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK."

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:

Donita Price
Vice President Operations
Central Bank
101 West Commercial Street
P.O. Box 31
Lebanon, Missouri 65536
Telephone: (417) 532-2151
Fax: (417) 532-2001
Email: dprice@central-bank.net

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. Questions 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 http://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
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 2/27/2007 communications@fdic.gov