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July 5, 2007

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Money Orders
Summary: Counterfeit money orders bearing the name Commerce Bank, Edina, Minnesota, are reportedly in circulation.

Commerce Bank, Geneva, Minnesota, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit money orders bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 096016765, which is an invalid routing number, and are dissimilar to authentic money orders. The counterfeit items display "MONEY ORDER" and "VOID AFTER 90 DAYS," centered below the written dollar amount line. The bank's name and an incorrect address ("7650 EDINBOROUGH, MINNEAPOLIS, MN 55401") appear in the top-left corner. The bank's name and an unassociated logo appear near the top center.

Authentic money orders display the routing number 091912576, which is assigned to Commerce Bank. "BANK MONEY ORDER" is displayed inside a rectangle within the top border. The bank name and two branch locations - "GENEVA, MN * EDINA, MN" - appear in the lower-left corner. Authentic money orders also display a wide ornate left border.

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.

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

Amy Grove
Branch Manager
Commerce Bank
7650 Edinborough Way, Suite 150
Edina, Minneapolis 55435
Telephone: (952) 841-9748
Fax: (952) 841-9755
E-mail: agrove@commercebankmn.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. Questions 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/2007/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
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 7/5/2007 communications@fdic.gov