Subject: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Date: August 8, 2014
Description: Kleberg Bank, National Association
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks of Kleberg Bank, National Association, Kingsville, Texas
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chair, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (Districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsels; and All Examining Personnel
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier’s checks using a correct routing number of 114912686 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with mystery shopping and online employment scams.
The counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic checks. The counterfeit items may be identified only by the following traits:
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in amounts between $1,270 and $2,780.99 and contain remitter names of Stephany N. Garza, James D. Garza, Toni Pomasl, and Denver Thomas.
Correspondence related to the mystery shopping scam is signed by Adrean Clark and contains an e-mail address of [firstname.lastname@example.org] and a telephone number of (651) 689-3410. The correspondence is addressed to “Inspector” and provides instructions for the mystery shopping assignment. Recipients are assigned to evaluate their financial institutions when cashing the enclosed counterfeit cashier’s check. They are then to evaluate a local wire transfer agent by wiring $1,000 supposedly to the next inspector. Communication with Adrean Clark is through text messaging to the telephone number provided. Please review the attached letter for detailed information.
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of cashier’s checks drawn on Kleberg Bank, National Association, please contact the bank’s fraud department by mail at 100 E. Kleberg Avenue, Kingsville, TX 78363; by telephone at (361) 595-2988; by fax at (361) 593-1516; or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Consumers who receive counterfeit or fictitious items and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:
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
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resources page at www.occ.gov/fraudresources.htm.
Ellen M. Warwick