Subject: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Date: February 5, 2014
Description: LifeStore Bank
Counterfeit Official Checks of LifeStore Bank, West Jefferson, N.C.
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, 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 official checks using a correct routing number of 253171676 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with an international lottery scam.
While the counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic checks, counterfeit items may be identified by several traits:
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,440 and contain a remitter name of Lauren Colby.
Potential victims are contacted by mail in a letter signed by Lauren Colby. The correspondence accompanying the counterfeit check includes the following letterhead: Warwick Foundation, LTD, 20 Britton St., London, England EC1M.UK. The letter states that the recipient has won a large sum of money and that the enclosed check is to be used to pay the applicable government taxes and clearance. Recipients are instructed to keep their winnings confidential and to contact Ralph Bridges at 011-44-7457-106-506 before depositing the checks into their bank accounts.
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of LifeStore Bank’s official checks, please contact Retail Banking Officer Pam DeVall by mail at 21 East Ashe Street, West Jefferson, NC 28694, by telephone at (336) 219-1035, by fax at (336) 219-1135 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 resource page at www.occ.gov/fraudresources.htm.
Ellen M. Warwick