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SA-205-2007
August 6, 2007


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

First Harrison Bank, Corydon, Indiana, 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 083913033, which is assigned to First Harrison Bank. The items are similar to authentic cashier's checks, but have different security feature statements. On the counterfeit items, the statement "THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND ON WHITE PAPER" is embedded within the top border. The statement "THE BACK OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK-HOLD AT AN ANGLE TO VIEW" is embedded within the bottom border. The statement "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO PRINT SIGNATURE LINE ABSENCE OF THE SIGNATURE WILL INDICATE A COPY" appears directly below the printed dollar amount line. In addition, a security padlock icon is embedded within the right border.

Authentic checks display the statements "SECURITY FEATURES ARE INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK," centered inside a darkened box within a double lined top border. The statements "THIS DOCUMENT HAS A MICRO PRINT SIGNATURE LINE. ABSENCE OF THIS FEATURE WILL INDICATE A COPY" appear directly below the printed dollar amount. A security padlock appears above the signature line. The checks have a pale green background with black printing.

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:

Roger A. Alexander
Vice President and Security Officer
First Harrison Bank
P.O. Box 130
Corydon, Indiana 47112
Telephone: (812) 734-3475
Fax: (812) 738-2202
E-mail: ralexander@firstharrison.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 8/6/2007 communications@fdic.gov