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SA-278-2007
October 17, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Official Checks
Summary: Counterfeit official checks bearing the name Oak Hill Banks, Jackson, Ohio, are reportedly in circulation.

Oak Hill Banks, Jackson, Ohio, 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 022000868, which is not assigned to Oak Hill Banks. The items are not similar to authentic checks and display the words "Official Check" in the top-left corner. Counterfeit items have descriptions of security features embedded in the top border, pre-printed "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" and "DOLLARS" lines, and the words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" below the signature line.

Authentic official checks are light green and display the words "OFFICIAL CHECK" in the lower- left corner above an indemnity bond notice. The bank's city, state, and zip code appear below the bank's logo, name, and slogan in the top center. The bank's name and the words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE" are printed above the signature line in the lower-right corner.

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:

Dan Dobbins
Senior Vice President of Deposit Operations
14621 State Route 93
Jackson, Ohio 45640
Telephone: 740-286-3283
Fax: 740-286-1224
Email: ddobbins@oakhillbanks.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 10/18/2007 communications@fdic.gov