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SA-70-2010
June 7, 2010


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Checks
Summary: Counterfeit checks bearing the name Cambridge State Bank, Cambridge, Minnesota, are reportedly in circulation.

Cambridge State Bank, Cambridge, Minnesota, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 091911409, which is assigned to Cambridge State Bank. The items are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. Security feature statements are embedded in a darkened top border and shown below the word "DOLLARS" at the right side of the written dollar amount line. A "MEMO" line is in the lower-left corner.

Authentic cashier's checks are pink with ornate borders. A padlock icon and vertical security feature statement are embedded within the right border. 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:

Joann Boden
Senior Vice President and Cashier
Cambridge State Bank
127 Main Street South
Cambridge, Minnesota 55008
Telephone: (763) 691-8024
Fax: (763) 689-5153
E-mail: jboden@cambridgestatebank.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

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