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SA-35-2007
February 1, 2007


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

Pinnacle Bank - Wyoming, Torrington, Wyoming, 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 102301513, which is assigned to Pinnacle Bank. The items, which are dissimilar to authentic checks, have a light gray background, blue borders, black print, and security feature statements embedded within the top and bottom borders. Printed below the "DOLLARS" line near the lower-right corner is the statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $50,000.00." Additionally, printed below the "REMITTER" line near the upper-left corner is the statement "VOID AFTER 1 YEAR."

Authentic checks are printed on gold paper and have a security feature description printed below the top border. Displayed underneath the "DOLLARS" line near the lower-right corner is the statement "TWO SIGNATURES REQUIRED OVER $2,000.00." Centered near the bottom is a padlock symbol accompanied by a security statement.

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:

Bradley R Vogel
Corporate Fraud Officer
Pinnacle Bancorp
P.O Box 598
20544 Highway 370
Gretna, Nebraska 68028-0598
Phone: (402) 332-2114
Fax: (402) 332-0118
E-mail: bradley.vogel@pinnbank.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. Information 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 02/01/2007 communications@fdic.gov