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Alert 2006-44
Description: Community National Bank of Sarasota County

Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Community National Bank of Sarasota County, Venice, Florida

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, using a correct routing number of 63112993 and correct account number are being presented for payment locally and nationwide in connection with an Internet purchase scam.

The counterfeit items can be identified by the following: the instruments are cream in color, the bank’s logo appears faded, the word “No.” does not appear in front of the check number, the reverse side of the check contains endorsement instructions, lines for signatures, and the words “Federal Reserve Board of Governor Reg. CC.”

The bank has been informed by law enforcement that the checks are originating out of Ghana, Africa.

For additional information and guidance, please contact Silverio Algarin, Compliance Officer, Community National Bank of Sarasota County, 201 Center Road, Venice, FL 34285, by telephone at (941) 488-6660, by fax at (941) 484-8153, or via e-mail at [frank.algarin@cnbsara.com].

E-mail: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
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
Internet: http://www.occ.gov

For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resource at: http://www.occ.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/index-fraud-resources.html.

/signed/

Gerard Sexton, Acting Director
Enforcement & Compliance Division