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SA-209-2009
December 15, 2009


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Certified Bank Drafts
Summary: Counterfeit certified bank drafts bearing the name Rolfe State Bank, Rolfe, Iowa, are reportedly in circulation.

Rolfe State Bank, Rolfe, Iowa, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit certified bank drafts bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 073921611, which is assigned to Rolfe State Bank. The items are very similar to authentic certified bank drafts. However, the "DATE" and "PAY TO THE ORDER" sections are hand-printed on the counterfeit items, while they are typed on authentic bank drafts. Also, on authentic certified bank drafts, the words "ORIGINAL DOCUMENT" are displayed at an angle across the back.

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:

Lynn Johnson
Data Operations Officer
Rolfe State Bank
316 Garfield Street
Rolfe, Iowa 50581-0101
Telephone: (712) 848-3480
Fax: (712) 848-3228
E-mail: lynn@rolfestatebank.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-3054, 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
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 12/15/2009 communications@fdic.gov