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October 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 Exchange Bank of Missouri, Fayette, Missouri, are reportedly in circulation.

Exchange Bank of Missouri, Fayette, Missouri, 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 101917623, which is assigned to Exchange Bank of Missouri, but are markedly dissimilar to authentic cashier's checks. The counterfeit items have a security feature statement embedded within the top and bottom borders. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the top center. The bank's logo and name (repeated twice), city, state and a toll-free telephone number ("1.888.366.0361"), which is not associated with the bank, are displayed in the top-left corner. The bank's name is repeated as "DRAWER" in the top-right corner and after the word "for" below the written dollar amount line. Two signature lines preceded by the word "PER" appear on the right side. The words "Signing Officer" are printed below each signature line. The word "REMITTER" is also displayed in the lower-right corner. The counterfeit items are blue and have green borders.

Authentic cashier's checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner. The bank's logo, name and branch locations ("FAYETTE/NEW FRANKLIN/FULTON") appear in the top center. A security padlock icon and statement are embedded within the right border. The word "REMITTER" is shown in the upper-left corner. Authentic checks are yellow in color and have ornate borders.

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:

Carmen Berrey
Compliance and Security Officer
Exchange Bank of Missouri
601 Court Street
Fulton, Missouri 65251
Telephone: (573) 642-6801
Fax: (573) 642-3234
E-mail: info@ebmo.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 10/16/2007 communications@fdic.gov