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SA-187-2008
August 26, 2008


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

Garfield County Bank, Jordan, Montana, 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 092105337, which is assigned to Garfield County Bank. Garfield County Bank does not issue cashier's checks; it issues bank money orders. The counterfeit items display a security feature statement embedded in the top border and along the bottom border between two padlocks. The bank's logo and name are shown in the top-left corner. The word "REMITTER" appears below the written dollar amount line. The bank's name, city, state and a toll-free telephone number, which is not associated with the bank, appear in the lower-left corner.

Authentic money orders display a "NOTICE TO MEMBERS" in the top-left corner. The words "BANK MONEY ORDER" appear inside of a rectangle in the top center. The bank's logo appears in the lower-left corner along with the address and telephone number.

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:

Rex Phipps
Vice President and Security Officer
Garfield County Bank
P.O. Box 6
Jordan, Montana 59337
Telephone: (406) 557-2201
Fax: (406) 557-2204
E-mail: rex@garfieldcountybank.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 8/26/2008 communications@fdic.gov