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SA-44-2008
February 25, 2008


TO: CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (also of interest to Security Officer)
SUBJECT: Counterfeit Bank Money Orders
Summary: Counterfeit bank money orders bearing the name Bank of Crocker are reportedly in circulation.

Bank of Crocker, Waynesville, Missouri, has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit bank money orders bearing the institution's name are in circulation.

The counterfeit items display the routing number 081512928, which is assigned to Bank of Crocker. The items are nearly identical to authentic bank money orders; however, the counterfeit items are reportedly light green with a diamond-patterned background and blue borders. Text in the "DATE" and "PAY TO THE ORDER OF" fields is handwritten and/or typed. Authentic bank money orders are blue with a speckled background and dark blue borders.

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:

Brian Layman
Internal Auditor
Bank of Crocker
200 Ichord Avenue
P.O. Box 6000
Waynesville, Missouri 65583
Telephone: (573) 774-6000
Fax: (573) 774-6120
E-mail: blayman@bankofcrocker.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 02/25/2008 communications@fdic.gov