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SA-251-2007
September 13, 2007


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

Louisa Community Bank, Louisa, Kentucky, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The items are reportedly associated with a mystery shopping scam. Louisa Community Bank, Louisa, Kentucky, does not issue cashier's checks.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 042108520, which is assigned to Louisa Community Bank. The counterfeit items have a security feature statement embedded within the top and bottom borders and a security padlock icon within the right border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. The bank's name, logo, city, state and a toll-free telephone number ("1-888-360-9571"), which is not associated with the bank, are printed in the top-left corner. The bank's name is also shown below the written dollar amount line. Two signature lines preceded by the word "PER" appear on the right side. The words "Signing Officer" are printed beneath each signature line and the word "REMITTER" is displayed in the lower-right corner.

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.

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

Stacy L. DeRossett
Chief Financial Officer
Louisa Community Bank
4373 Highway 2565
Food City Plaza
Louisa, Kentucky 41230
Telephone: (606) 638-0007
Fax: (606) 638-9877
E-mail: sderossett@louisacommunitybank.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. 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.

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 9/13/2007 communications@fdic.gov