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November 9, 2009

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

Union State Bank, Kewaunee, Wisconsin, 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 075903006, which is assigned to Union State Bank. The items are green and display security feature statements embedded in darkened top and bottom borders. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are in the top center. A box with "DATE" and "AMOUNT" appears in the top-right area. The word "Purchaser" appears in the lower-left corner. "Union State Bank" appears above the "Authorized Signature" line in the lower-right corner.

Authentic checks are printed on a multicolored background. The restrictive feature statement "AMOUNTS OVER $1,000.00 REQUIRES TWO SIGNATURES" and the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" are displayed in the lower-left corner. Two signature lines appear in the lower-right corner.

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:

Charles Geimer
Compliance Officer
Union State Bank
223 Ellis Street
Kewaunee, Wisconsin 54216
Telephone: (920) 388-3466
Fax: (920) 388-3487
E-mail: Charlie.geimer@unionstatebank.org

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/2009/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 11/9/2009 communications@fdic.gov