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September 11, 2009

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

The Citizens State Bank at Mohall, Mohall, North Dakota, 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 display the routing number 091308795, which is assigned to The Citizens State Bank at Mohall. The items have a security feature statement in the top center and a padlock security icon along the right border. The bank's name and P.O. Box address appear in the top-left corner. The word "Remitter" appears in the lower-left corner. The words "AUTHORISED SIGNATURE" appear below the signature line in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks have an ornate border with the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" boxed in the top center. A padlock security icon appears next to "DOLLARS" on the right. The bank's name and location appear in the lower-left corner. A "REMITTER" line appears in the top left. The words "EXEC. VICE PRES.-ASST. CASHIER AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear above the signature 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:

Mary A. Marmon
P.O. Box 127
Mohall, North Dakota 58761
Telephone: (701) 756-6364
Fax: (701) 756-6366
E-mail: csbmsl@srt.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 9/11/2009 communications@fdic.gov