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SA-196-2008
September 4, 2008


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

Grant County Bank, Medford, Oklahoma, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name Piedmont Bank are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 103103765, which is assigned to Grant County Bank. The items also display a security statement just below the top border. The words "CASHIER'S CHECK" appear in the center area. The bank's name ("PIEDMONT BANK"), address and telephone number appear in top-left corner.

Authentic checks display a vertical security statement with a padlock icon in the right border. The bank's logo, name ("GRANT COUNTY BANK") and location appear in the top center. Lines are displayed for "REMITTER," "PAY TO THE ORDER OF," "DATE" and "DOLLARS."

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:

Jo Hula
Proof Processing Department
Grant County Bank
120 South Main
Medford, Oklahoma 73759
Telephone: (580) 395-3335
Fax: (580) 395-3338
E-mail: qcb395@kskc.net

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