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February 19, 2008

TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Summary: Counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Mountain 1st Bank & Trust are reportedly in circulation.

Mountain 1st Bank & Trust Company, Hendersonville, North Carolina, 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 053112521, which is assigned to Mountain 1st Bank & Trust Company. The items are very similar to authentic cashier's checks. However, the counterfeit items display the security feature statement "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A BLUE & BURGUNDY BACKGROUND AND AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW" embedded in the top border. In addition, the statement "SIGNATURE HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND - BORDER CONTAINS MICROPRINTING" appears along the bottom border below "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE." The counterfeit items are light blue and burgundy, and have a "VOID" background when copied.

Authentic cashier's checks have a multi-colored background (light blue-pink-light blue) and dark blue top and bottom borders. Embedded in the top border is the security feature statement "THIS CHECK CONTAINS THE FOLLOWING SECURITY FEATURES: MULTI-COLOR PRINTING ON FACE, WATERMARK IN PAPER, AND MICROPRINTING ON BORDER."

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:

G. Thomas Snyder
Senior Vice President and Compliance Officer
Mountain 1st Bank & Trust Company
101 Jack Street
Hendersonville, North Carolina 28792
Telephone: (828) 694-6767
Fax: (828) 698-0547
E-mail: Tsnyder@Mountain1st.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/2008/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 2/19/2008 communications@fdic.gov