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August 31, 2009

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Milestone Bank, Dallas, Texas, are reportedly in circulation.

Bank Reale, Pasco, Washington, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the name Milestone Bank, Dallas Texas, and a routing number assigned to Bank Reale are in circulation. Bank Reale does not issue official checks; however, it does issue cashier's checks.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 125108793, which is assigned to Bank Reale. A security feature statement appears along an ornate border at the top center and the lower-right side of the counterfeit items. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" appear along the left border. Milestone Bank's name, logo and location appear in the top center. The statement "ISSUED BY KELLWOOD PAYMENT SYSTEMS, INC. MESA, ARIZONA TO MILESTONE BANK, DALLAS, TEXAS" appears in lower-left corner.

Authentic checks are bluish-purple in color, have ornate top and side borders and display a diagonal "VOID" background when copied. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear encircled in the top center of the check. The bank's name, logo, location and telephone number appear in the top-left 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:

Jody Stafford
Vice President and Branch Manager
5205 Road 68
Pasco, Washington 99301
Telephone: (509) 545-6360
Fax: (509) 546-7269
E-mail: jody@bankreale.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/2009/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 8/31/2009 communications@fdic.gov