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SA-116-2006
April 21, 2006


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

Annandale State Bank, Annandale, Minnesota, 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 091904610, which is assigned to Annandale State Bank, but are dissimilar in appearance to authentic checks. A statement about security features is printed in the top border, and the words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear in the lower-right corner below the signature line. The counterfeit items are light blue with dark blue borders.

Authentic checks display the "ASB" logo to the left of the bank's name, which is printed directly above two branch locations. A "Memo" line is included below the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" is printed above the signature line in the lower-right corner. Authentic checks are printed on light gray paper with dark gray borders and contain the word "SecureStar" in the right border. A security lock symbol appears to the right of the dollars amount line.

A copy of a counterfeit item and a copy of an authentic item (VOID) are attached for your review.

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

Paul W Gandrud
Vice President
40 Chestnut Street West, P O Box 310
Annandale, Minnesota 55302
Telephone: (320) 274-8216
Fax: (320) 274-3581
E-mail: pgandrud@annabank.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 Web site 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 04/21/2006 communications@fdic.gov