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Alert 2006-47
Description: American National Bank

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks of American National Bank, Omaha, NE

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 104000854 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.

The counterfeit items are similar to those previously issued by the bank, which were retired at the close of 2005. The counterfeit items are light blue in color and contain the bank's logo in the center of the instrument followed by "AMERICAN NATIONAL BANK, American Dreams Come True, P.O. Box 2130, Omaha, NE 68144." Checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,700.00, show the remitter as Eugene O Shirley, and are dated either August 11, 2006, or August 13, 2006.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items displays the letterhead of "BRITISH AMERICAN WORLD LOTTERY, 225 James Street, London SW1A 1HG, Telephone: 1-416-732-9452." The letters, which may be signed by Edward Growings, Chief Financial Officer, Ph.D., notify the recipient of his or her winning status in the International Mega Million Jackpot. The letter further explains that the enclosed check is sent to assist the recipient in the payment of legal notarization, stamp duty insurance, and processing fees. The recipient is then instructed to contact Rolland Russell, Processing Officer, at (416) 732-9452 immediately.

For additional information and guidance, please contact Jim Burns, Senior Vice President, American National Bank, 8990 West Dodge Road, Omaha, NE 68114, by telephone at (402) 399-5026, by fax at (402) 399-5567, or via e-mail at [jburns@anbank.com].

Additional information concerning this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of the OCC may be forwarded to:

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