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Subject: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Date: January 16, 2014
Description: The First National Bank, Vandalia, Ill.
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks: The First National Bank, Vandalia, Ill.
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (Districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsels; and All Examining Personnel
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier’s checks using a correct routing number of 081205112 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with an online job opportunity scam.
While the counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic items, counterfeit items may be identified by several traits. Counterfeit checks are blue marbled in color throughout and contain the following security statement along with a padlock icon within the right-hand border: “Security Features Included. Details on Back.” Within the “Notice to Customer” box in the top-center portion of the counterfeit check, a dash appears between “90” and “days.”
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $2,910.50 and include a purchaser name of Areli Ellsworth.
Potential victims are contacted via e-mail by Mannello Perez about the job opportunity and informed that they will receive two checks for $2,910.50 each. Once the checks are received, the recipients are to deposit one of the checks into their bank accounts. Within 24 hours, they are to use $2,410 of the deposited funds to purchase Moneypak debit cards at various retail stores. Once the Moneypak cards are purchased, the recipients are then instructed to reveal the security numbers on the cards and to e-mail them back to Perez at email@example.com or telephone them to Perez at either (415) 484‑6953 or (347) 674-2318.
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of First National Bank’s cashier’s checks, please contact Accounting Officer Ingrid Andronis by mail at 432 W. Gallatin Street, P.O. Box 40, Vandalia, IL 62471; by telephone at (618) 283-5254; by fax at (618) 283-1692; or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consumers who receive a counterfeit or fictitious item and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:
Additional information concerning this matter that should be brought to the attention of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) may be forwarded to
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resource at www.occ.gov/fraudresources.htm.
Ellen M. Warwick