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Special Alerts

SA-243-2006
August 24, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Money Orders
Summary: Counterfeit money orders bearing the name First-Knox National Bank, Mount Vernon, Ohio, are reportedly in circulation.

First-Knox National Bank, Mount Vernon, Ohio, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance
Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit money orders bearing the bank's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 011007092, which is assigned to MoneyGram
Payment Systems, Inc., the company that issues money orders on behalf of the bank. The counterfeit
items are very similar to authentic money orders. However, the counterfeit items include an area for
"REMITTER" information in the lower-left corner, while authentic money orders do not include a
designated area for remitter information.

Copies of a counterfeit item and an authentic money order (VOID) are attached for your review. Be
aware that the appearance of counterfeit items can be modified and that additional variations may be
presented.

To verify that a money order is valid, contact:

Karen Mill
Finance Supervisor
1 South Main Street
Post Office Box 1270
Mount Vernon, Ohio 43050
Phone: (740) 399-5253
Fax: (740) 399-5300
E-mail: kmill@firstknox.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 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 8/24/2006 communications@fdic.gov