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August 29, 2006

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

Northern Neck State Bank, Warsaw, Virginia, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

There are two versions of counterfeit items, both displaying the routing number 096016765, which is assigned to U.S. Bank, St. Paul, Minnesota. Northern Neck State Bank issues cashier's checks through an account at U.S. Bank.

The first version has a logo of a double letter "N" similar to authentic checks and is printed on either light blue or pink check stock with dark borders. The top border has security wording embedded. The second version has a logo consisting of the letter "N" placed above another letter "N," so that the two N's are aligned vertically. The top border on this version also has security wording embedded.

Authentic cashier's checks are printed on check stock that has an off-white background with a basket weave pattern. The check borders and print are dark blue. Authentic checks have security wording printed beneath the top border and have a microprint signature line. A watermark is shown on the reverse side. The logo consists of a double letter "N" and is centered at the top of the authentic check between the words "NORTHERN" and "NECK."

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

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

Heather Eustace
Security Loss Prevention Administrator
E-mail: heustace@ubsh.com


Scott Nininger
Vice President
E-mail: snininger@ubsh.com

Union Bancshares Corporation
P.O. Box 446
Bowling Green, Virginia 22427
Telephone: (804) 633-5031
Fax: (804) 633-2454

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 8/29/2006 communications@fdic.gov