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SA-246-2006
August 28, 2006


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name ANB Financial N.A., Bentonville, Arkansas, are reportedly in circulation.

ANB Financial N.A., Bentonville, Arkansas, has contacted the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the bank's name are in circulation. The items are reportedly associated with a lottery scam. Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items contains the letterhead of "CROWN LOCATORS INC." The letters notify the recipient of their winning status and explain that the enclosed check is to assist with the processing fees that have accrued due to the funds being in an unclaimed status.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 082901826, which is assigned to ANB Financial N.A. The counterfeit items also display "Arkansas National Bank, Bentonville, AR" in the top-center portion, followed by a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with ANB Financial N.A. A logo is located in the top-left corner. The following security statement is embedded in the top border: "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER." Along the bottom border, the following security statement is displayed: "THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK -HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW."

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

Cynthia White
Vice President /Compliance
ANB Financial N.A.
706 South Walton Boulevard
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
Phone: (479) 878-3014
Fax: (479) 878-4314
E-mail: cwhite@anbfinancial.com

Additional information concerning this matter may be brought to the OCC's attention at:

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Special Supervision Division MS 6-4
250 E Street, SW
Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5214
E-mail: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
Internet: http://www.occ.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 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

Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)

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