Alert 2006-52| September 18, 2006
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Delaware National Bank, Georgetown, Delaware
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 031100461 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.
The volume of these counterfeit items has increased along with the variation in the appearance of the items. Bank officials, therefore, are encouraged to contact Delaware National Bank to verify the authenticity of the item that is being presented.
Counterfeit items may be identified by one or more of the following incorrect traits: The fractioned routing number appears as 55-277/312, the check number is shown as five digits, there are two signatures located on only one signature line, the payable amount is printed rather than imprinted, and the bank address used on the instrument of 101 Bayville Shopping Center, Fenwick Island, DE 19975, is that of a former Delaware National Bank branch. Checks presented to date have been payable in the amount of $3,855.69; include a purchaser name of C.C.A. Services or U.F.S Services; have been dated August 31, 2006, or September 1, 2006; and may include a toll-free number of 877-330-4435, which is not associated with the bank.
Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items may contain the letterhead of “Consumer Capital Alliance and Payment Services” or “The Irish Lottery Corp. Canada” and may be signed by a person claiming to be either Anne Riley or Sandra Powell. The letters contain notification of the recipient’s winning status and instructions to contact the office immediately. According to the one letter, the check is included to pay any nonresidence tax. Telephone numbers provided include: (289) 888-1575, (289) 888-2095, (888) 405-4060, (705) 770-2531, and (905) 783-4777.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of Delaware National Bank’s Cashier’s Checks, Kathy Littleton, Vice President & Security officer, P.O. Box 520, Georgetown, DE 19947, by telephone at (302) 855-2424, by fax at (302) 855-2492, or via email at [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Additional information concerning this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of the OCC may be forwarded to:
Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Special Supervision Division, MS 6-4
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5214
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resource page.
Richard C. Stearns
Director for Enforcement & Compliance