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SA-101-2006
April 13, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Personal Money Orders
Summary: Counterfeit personal money orders drawn on First Security Bank, Batesville, Mississippi, are reportedly in circulation.

First Security Bank, Batesville, Mississippi, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit personal money orders bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 084205915, which is assigned to First Security Bank, and are similar to authentic personal money orders in appearance. However, the counterfeit items bear a telephone number that is not associated with the bank in the lower-left corner below the bank's logo, name and address. Also, the following descriptions of security features are printed in the top border of the counterfeit items: "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK."

Authentic money orders do not include a telephone number in the lower-left corner, nor do they include a description of security features in the top border.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic personal money order (VOID) are attached for your review.

Any information you have concerning this matter should be brought to the attention of:

Tina Allen
Assistant Cashier
First Security Bank
P O Box 690
Batesville, MS 38606
Telephone: (662) 563-9311
Fax: (662) 563-9337
E-mail: tallen@firstsecuritybk.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. 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 website at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/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
Acting 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 online copies of fraudulent instruments or copies of the genuine instruments that have been counterfeited. This is to avoid attempts by others to use the electronic versions of these instruments to facilitate additional fraud. Printed copies of fraudulent instruments are mailed with the Special Alert letter to the financial institutions on the letter's distribution list (generally, FDIC-supervised banks – commercial and savings). Printed copies of the 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 04/13/2006 communications@fdic.gov