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MainSource Bank, Greensburg, Indiana, 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 display the routing number 022000868, which is assigned to Citibank, N.A., Buffalo, NY. MainSource Bank issues official checks through an Integrated Payment Systems Inc. account held at Citibank, N.A. The items are dissimilar to authentic official checks. The counterfeit items display a "VOID" background when copied, and the following security feature statement is shown within a darkened top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE ORDER." The statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" are centered along the bottom border between two padlock icons.
Authentic checks have three scroll borders on the top and sides. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" are displayed inside of a rectangle with rounded corners in the top center. Displayed on each side of the rectangle is the following security feature statement: "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK." A security padlock icon and statement appear on the right side below the "DATE" line.
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:
Michael T. Riley
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 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.
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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: email@example.com).
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
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