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SA-48-2010
May 3, 2010


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

Bank of Hindman, Hindman, 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 counterfeit items display the routing number 042105154, which is assigned to Bank of Hindman. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks and have a scroll border on the top and side borders. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are framed inside a rectangle in the top center with security feature statements on each side. The bank's name, city, state and a telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, are in the top-left corner. The word "MEMORANDUM" appears above the signature lines.

Authentic cashier's checks are blue with a padlock icon and vertical security statement embedded in the right border. The bank's name, city and state are in the top center. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are in the lower-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:

Jennifer S. Slone
Vice President
Bank of Hindman
39 West Main Street
P.O. Box 786
Hindman, Kentucky 41822
Telephone: (606) 785-3158
Fax: (606) 785-3162
E-mail: jennifer.slone@bankofhindman.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-3054, 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/2010/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 5/3/2010 communications@fdic.gov