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SA-285-2007
November 15, 2007


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

Bank of Kirksville, Kirksville, Missouri, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. Some of the counterfeit items are reportedly associated with a "CONSUMERS PRIZE REWARD" scam and accompanied by correspondence from Jamaica, New York. However, some of the counterfeit items are associated with overpayment schemes.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 081501340, which is assigned to Bank of Kirksville. The counterfeit items are circulating in at least two different versions. In one version, the counterfeit items display a security statement embedded within a darkened top border and a security statement in the bottom border with a padlock icon on each side. The words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" appear below a single signature line in the lower-right corner. The second version has two signature lines. However, the street address is shown as "2148 Franklin."

Authentic checks display the statement "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO-PRINT SIGNATURE LINE, AUTHENTIC WATERMARK, AND COLOR STAIN PAPER; ABSENCE OF THESE FEATURES WILL INDICATE A COPY" below the written dollar amount line. The bank's street address ("214 S. Franklin, Kirksville, MO 63501") and a local telephone number appear below the bank's name in the top center. "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED" appears above two 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:

Carol Shaffer
Vice President and Cashier
Bank of Kirksville
P.O. Box 787
Kirksville, Missouri 63501
Telephone: (660) 665-7766
Fax: (660) 665-4046
E-mail: Shaffer@bankofkirksville.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
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 11/15/2007 communications@fdic.gov