Alert 2011-6| June 6, 2011
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of The First National Bank of Wyoming, Wyoming, 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 031100636 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with secret shopper and craigslist Internet purchase scams.
The counterfeit items strongly resemble the bank’s authentic checks and contain what purport to be official bank employee signatures. The counterfeit checks may be identified by their green color and basket-weave background pattern.
Items presented to date relating to the secret shopper scam contain payment amounts of $3,330 and are dated 5/11/11.
Correspondence accompanying these items contains the following letterhead: “SH P’NCHEK, 6025 The Corners Parkway, Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30092. USA.” and is signed by “David Bliss.” The solicitation outlines the duties of a secret shopper. The letter states that the money order the victim receives should be taken to the bank and cashed. The holder should then deduct a $200 commission and wire the balance to a “Betty Jones.” An evaluation is to then be completed and emailed to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of The First National Bank of Wyoming’s cashier’s checks, please contact John J. Steele, Senior Vice President/Operations, by mail at 120 West Camden Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, DE 19934; by telephone at (302) 398–3232; by fax at (302) 398-3289; or via email at email@example.com.
Consumers who receive counterfeit or fictitious items and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:
- U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General (OIG): by telephone at (800) 359-3898 or by visiting the OIG website.
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC): by telephone at (877) FTC-HELP or, for filing a complaint electronically, via the FTC's website.
- National Consumers League (NCL): by telephone at (202) 835-3323 or by email. To file a fraud complaint, visit the NCL fraud website.
- Better Business Bureau (BBB): The BBB system serves markets throughout Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United States and is the marketplace leader in advancing trust between businesses and consumers. The website offers contact information for local BBBs, objective reports on more than 2 million businesses, consumer scam alerts, and tips on a wide variety of topics that help consumers find trustworthy businesses and make wise purchasing decisions.
- Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center (to report scams that may have originated via the internet).
- If correspondence is received via the U.S. Postal Service, contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by telephone at (888) 877-7644; by mail at U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General, Operations Support Group, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60606-6100; or via the online complaint form.
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
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Special Supervision Division
400 7th St. SW, Suite 3E-218; MS 8E-12
Washington, DC 20219
Phone: (202) 649-6450
Fax: (571) 293-4925
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resources page.
Richard C. Stearns
Director for Enforcement & Compliance