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December 21, 2005

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks of Community State Bank, N.A., Ankeny, Iowa, are reportedly in circulation.

Community State Bank, N.A., Ankeny, Iowa, contacted the Office of the Comptroller of Currency (OCC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 073910114, which is assigned to Community State Bank. The counterfeit items also display the previous bank logo of an umbrella over the bank's name, with the letters CSB listed vertically inside a shaded box. The counterfeit checks display this logo in the top-center portion of the check. Beneath the logo, the phrase "A financial services company" appears.

Authentic cashier's checks display the bank's name in the top-center portion of the check, directly below the bank's underlined logo of "csb." This current logo does not include an umbrella. A red thermo-sensitive padlock is contained on the back of authentic checks. By placing your finger over the padlock, body heat will alter the padlock's appearance.

To verify the authenticity of Community State Bank, N.A., cashier's checks, or to provide any information you have concerning this matter, please contact:

Scott Starr
Security Officer Community State Bank, N.A.
817 N. Ankeny Boulevard
P.O. Box 127
Ankeny, Iowa 50021
Telephone: (515) 252-1131
Fax: (515) 276-4509

Additional information about this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of the OCC may be forwarded to:

  Mail:       Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Enforcement & Compliance Division, MS 8-10
250 E. Street, SW
Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301
E-mail: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
Internet: http://www.occ.treas.gov

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. Information 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 Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2005/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.

Christopher J. Spoth
Acting Director
Division of Supervision and Consumer Protection

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information Center, 801 17th Street, NW, Room 100, Washington, DC 20434 (1-877-275-3342 or (703) 562-2200).

Last Updated 12/21/2005 communications@fdic.gov