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Subject: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks
Date: November 16, 2007
Description: Extraco Banks, N.A.
Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Extraco Banks, N.A., Temple, TX
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Director, Office of Thrift Supervision; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsel; and All Examining Personnel
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier’s checks issued in the bank’s name and using a correct routing number of 1119000581 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.
The counterfeit checks are exact replicas of the bank’s authentic item. Checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $3,985.00, contain a check serial number of 102063199, are dated 10/30/07, and use a remitter name of "Jonathan A. Holland FBO Chris Holland." Due to possible variations in appearance of the counterfeit items and scams, it is suggested that officials of Extraco Banks, N.A. be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank’s cashier’s checks, if received from an unknown or questionable source.
Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit instruments may contain the letterhead of "Ontario Lottery & Games, 70 Foster Drive, Suite 800, Sault Ste. Marie, ON P6A 6V2, Tel: 1-416-823-7994." The letter alerts the recipient that his or her e-mail address is associated with a winning lottery ticket and that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize. The letter further states that the sweepstakes was played without the recipient’s knowledge or consent and instructs the recipient to contact the claim agent, Bill Hamilton at 1-416-823-7994 within 14 days to claim the prize. Recipients are warned to not disclose this information to anyone. The letter may be signed by Dr. Kathryn Stanton, Promotion Manager.
For additional information and guidance or to verify the authenticity of Extraco Banks, N.A. cashier’s checks, please contact Marisa Truelove, Vice President/Deposit Operations Manager, P.O. Box 6101, Temple, TX 76503-6101, by telephone at (254) 774-5521, by fax at ( 254) 774-5590, or via e-mail at [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Consumers who receive a counterfeit item and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:
Additional information concerning this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of the OCC may be forwarded to:
For additional information on this and other types of financial fraud, please visit OCC’s anti-fraud resource at: http://www.occ.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/index-fraud-resources.html.