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SA-307-2007
December 20, 2007


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Money Orders
Summary: Counterfeit money orders bearing the name Central Bank and Trust Co., Wichita, Kansas, are reportedly in circulation.

Central Bank and Trust Company, Hutchinson, Kansas, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit money orders bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 081006162, which is assigned to Enterprise Bank and Trust, St. Louis, Missouri. The counterfeit items are markedly dissimilar to authentic money orders and display the words "PERSONAL MONEY ORDER" all on one line inside a darkened rectangle in the top-center area. The words "VOID OVER $" are printed below the rectangle. The bank's name and address ("P.O. Box 9110, Wichita, Kansas 67277-0110") are in the lower-left corner. Three lines in the lower-right corner are labeled as "SIGNATURE/PURCHASER," "ADDRESS" and "CITY & STATE," respectively.

Authentic money orders display the routing number 022000868, which is assigned to Citibank, N.A., New York. Central Bank and Trust Company issues money orders through an Integrated Payment Systems, Inc. account held at Citibank, N.A. Authentic money orders have ornate top and side borders and are light blue. The words "PERSONAL MONEY ORDER" are printed on two lines inside a rectangle with rounded corners in the top-center area. The security feature statement "HOLD DOCUMENT UP TO THE LIGHT TO VIEW TRUE WATERMARK" is printed on each side of the rectangle. The bank's name and address ("P.O. Box 1366, Hutchinson, KS 67504-1366") are in the top-left corner. The bank's name as "Drawer," a security padlock and a "Purchaser Signature" line appear on the lower-right side. A "Purchaser Name and Address" line is printed above "Issued by Integrated Payment Systems, Inc., Englewood, Colorado; To Citibank, N.A., Buffalo, NY" in the lower-left 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:

Kelly L. Hutchinson
Assistant Cashier and Director of Employee Relations
Central Bank and Trust Company
700 East 30th
P.O. Box 1366
Hutchinson, Kansas 67504-1366
Telephone: (620) 663-0602
Fax: (620) 663-0604
E-mail: khutchinson@centralbank-kansas.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 12/20/2007 communications@fdic.gov