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SA-191-2008
September 4, 2008


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit Official checks bearing the name Dairy State Bank, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, are reportedly in circulation.

Dairy State Bank, Rice Lake, Wisconsin, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 091811004, which is assigned to Dairy State Bank. The words "OFFICIAL CHECK" appear in the top center and a security feature statement is embedded in the top and bottom borders.

Dairy State Bank does not issue official checks; however, it does issue cashier's checks. Authentic cashier's checks display the words "CASHIER'S CHECK" in the lower-left corner and a "NOTICE" in the top-left corner. A "MEMO" line is just below the bank's address in the top center. Two signature lines are displayed.

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:

David Bridges
Vice President and Security Officer
Dairy State Bank
16 South Main Street
Rice Lake, Wisconsin 54868
Telephone: (715) 234-9181
Fax: (715) 236-3704
E-mail: dbridges@dairystatebank.com

Alternate Contact:

Kelley Draeger
Assistant Vice President
Dairy State Bank
16 South Main Street
Rice Lake, Wisconsin 54868
Telephone: (715) 234-9181
Fax: (715) 236-3704
E-mail: kdraeger@dairystatebank.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
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 9/4/2008 communications@fdic.gov