Subject: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks
Date: September 16, 2008
Description: The Edgartown National Bank
Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of The Edgartown National Bank, Edgartown, MA
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 011305684 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam.
The counterfeit checks do not resemble the authentic items and may be identified by the following traits: the instruments are of unknown color with a dark logo in the upper-left corner. The words “CASHIER’S CHECK” are printed in the top-center portion of the check and are followed by an indemnity bond statement. The following security statement is located within the top border of the instrument: “FOR SECURITY PURPOSES THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER.” The following security statement is located within the bottom border surrounded by padlock icons: “SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK.” The check includes one signature line in the bottom-right section followed by the statement: “Countersigned if Amount over $5,000.00.” The bottom-left portion of the item contains the following information: “Issued by The Edgartown National Bank, Edgartown, MA. For Inquiries, call: 1-866-504-3141.” Please note that this telephone number is not associated with The Edgartown National Bank.
Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,998, may include a remitter name of “S.I. Inc,” and include a 9-digit check serial number.
Due to possible variations in the appearance of the bank’s official items and differing scams associated with the counterfeit items, officials of The Edgartown National Bank suggest they be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank’s cashier’s checks if received from an unknown or questionable source.
Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks may contain the letterhead of “Shoppers Impressions, Inc., Suite #213-120 N. Main Avenue, Wentworth, SD 57075, Tel/Fax #1-289-218-6111 or 1-905-617-5155.” The letter may be signed by Susan Hutchins, although the name appearing under the signature is that of Daniel Haskins, Chief Assignment Co-ordinator. The correspondence informs the recipient that he or she has been selected to represent the company as a mystery shopper. It is explained that the enclosed cashier’s check is to be used during the assignment to make purchases at various merchants and to transfer money using a nationally known wire service. Recipients are instructed to contact 1-289-218-6111 Ext 102 or 1-905-617-5155 Ext 102 and then press 1 to connect to a coordinator for details. Note that these telephone numbers originate from Ontario, Canada. Participants are required to keep the assignment confidential in accordance with the Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, which is enclosed with the check.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of The Edgartown National Bank cashier’s checks, please contact Gregory Berks, Vice President/Chief Operations Officer, The Edgartown National Bank P.O. Box 96, 2 South Water Street, Edgartown, MA 02539, by telephone at (508) 627-1126, by fax at (508) 627-1155 or via e-mail [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 you believe should be brought to the attention of the OCC may be forwarded to:
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.
Richard C. Stearns