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SA-270-2006
September 15, 2006


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

Macatawa Bank, Holland, Michigan, 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 072413845, which is assigned to Macatawa Bank. The counterfeit items are dissimilar to authentic checks and display the words "PAYABLE TO" centered on the left side. The letters "MP" appear below a padlock symbol to the right of the signature line in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks display the words "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" in a script font centered on the left side. The statement "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND, FOIL ACCENT, AND A BACKSIDE AUTHENTIC WATERMARK; ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY" is printed in script font below the dollar amount line. Printed above the signature line in the lower right is the statement "VOID AFTER 90 DAYS."

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

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

Annette Hall
Loss Prevention Manager
Macatawa Bank
10753 Macatawa Drive
Holland, Michigan 49424
Phone: (616) 494-1408
Fax: (616) 820-1439
E-mail: AHall@Macatawabank.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 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 9/15/2006 communications@fdic.gov