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March 11, 2008

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

Georgia State Bank, Mableton, Georgia, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. Georgia State Bank does not issue cashier's check; however, it does issue official checks.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 111000614, which is assigned to JP Morgan Chase Bank, NA, Belleville, Michigan. The counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic official checks. The items display a security feature statement embedded in a darkened top border. "CASHIER'S CHECK," the bank name and the bank location ("Kennesaw, Georgia 30144") are in the top-left corner and the word "MEMO" is in the lower-left corner. "MILLENNIUM SECURITIES, Kennesaw, Georgia 30144" appears in the top-right area. A padlock icon and security feature statement appear below the written dollar amount.

Authentic official checks display the routing number 022000868, which is assigned to Citibank, New York. Georgia State Bank official checks are issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., through Citibank, New York, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. The security statement "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK" is printed on each side of a rectangular box with rounded corners containing the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" centered below the top border. The bank's name, location ("Mableton, Georgia") and the word "REMITTER" appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name is repeated above the signature line as "Drawer." A padlock icon and security statement are in the lower-right corner.

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:

Jerry D. Walters
Audit and Security Officer
Georgia State Bank
620 Fontaine Road, Southwest
Mableton, Georgia 30126
Telephone: (678) 398-1118
Fax: (770) 944-6613
E-mail: jwalters@access-bank.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/2008/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
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 03/11/2008 communications@fdic.gov