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Consumer Alerts

Alerts below are listed to protect consumers from fraud and other suspicious activity. Also, consumers may be interested in the following links/Web pages:

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1/3/11Counterfeit Official Checks

Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company of Louisville, Ky., has contacted the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution’s name are in circulation. For a description of the counterfeit items, visit the FDIC alert. Any information should be brought to the attention of Wendy Heskamp, deposit fraud specialist at Stock Yards Bank & Trust Company, at 502-625-2502 or Wendy.Heskamp@syb.com.​​

5/3/10Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Bank of Hindman has contacted the FDIC to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. For a description of the counterfeit items, visit the FDIC alert. Any information or suspected counterfeit checks should be reported to Jennifer S. Slone, vice president of Bank of Hindman, at 606-785-3158 or jennifer.slone@bankofhindman.com.​​

5/28/09Counterfeit Official Checks

Kentucky Bank, Paris, Ky., has contacted the FDIC to report that counterfeit official bank checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. For a description of the counterfeit items, visit the FDIC alert. Any information or suspected counterfeit checks should be reported to Lydia Sosby, vice president of compliance for Kentucky Bank, at 859-988-1307. ​​

10/5/09Counterfeit Cashier's Checks

Edmonton State Bank, Glasgow, Ky., has contacted the FDIC to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. For a description of the counterfeit items, visit the FDIC alert. Any information or suspected counterfeit checks should be reported to Chad White, vice president of operations for Edmonton State Bank, at 270-659-3540 or cwhite@edmontonstatebank.com.​​

5/16/08Foreclosure Rescue Scams

DFI joins the office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) in warning consumers about foreclosure rescue scams. Con artists may take advantage of people who have fallen behind on their mortgage payments using several techniques outlined in the OCC's consumer advisory.​​

 

12/11/08Ponzi Schemes

Investors are urged to beware of Ponzi schemes. The Ponzi scheme is a house-of-cards swindle in which high returns are paid to initial investors out of the funds of later investors, who end up losing all or most of their money to the promoter. Find out how the first Ponzi scheme started, learn of some current examples in other states and how to avoid becoming a victim on the North American Securities Administrators Association's Investor Alerts Web site. There you can also listen to a podcast on Ponzi schemes. And remember, it is a good idea to contact DFI at 800-223-2579 to check out the investment and the person selling it before you invest.​