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July 16, 2007

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

Peoples Bank and Trust Company, McPherson, Kansas, 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 are reportedly associated with a secret shopper's scam.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 101101581, which is assigned to Peoples Bank and Trust, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded within the top and bottom borders. In the top-left corner, the bank's name appears twice above its location and a toll-free telephone number (1- 888-360-9570), which is not associated with the bank. "REMITTER" appears in the lower-left corner. "DRAWER: PEOPLES BANK AND TRUST" appears in the top-right corner below "CASHIER'S CHECK." The signature lines are preceded by "PER." The words "Signing Officer" are below each signature line.

Authentic checks display a re-issuance statement above "CASHIER'S CHECK" near the top-right side. The statements "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK" are printed vertically above a security padlock icon displayed within the right border. The bank's name is on two lines ("Peoples" and "Bank and Trust") in the top-left corner. The bank's location and telephone number, which is (620) 241-2100, and "REMITTER" appear to the right of the bank's name. "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $5,000.00" and "BANK OFFICER" appear directly above the signature lines.

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:

Marilyn Friesen
Peoples Bank and Trust Company
101 South Main Street
McPherson, Kansas 67460
Telephone: (620) 241-2100, extension 102
Fax: (620) 241-5787
E-mail: marilyn.friesen@peoplesbankonline.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 7/16/2007 communications@fdic.gov