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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 but using an incorrect routing number of 11305260 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.
The counterfeit checks may be identified by the following: printed on a standard check stock paper, which is blue and pink in color. The bank logo of a porthole appears in the upper-left corner of the check with the bank name to the right. Both the logo and name are enclosed in a darkened rectangular-shaped box. The bank name, city, state, and unassociated telephone number of “1-888-263-7819” are centered at the top portion of the check. The words “CASHIER’S CHECK” are located in the left-center area, and the bank name appears again in the right-center section. There are two signature lines, which are each preceded by the word “PER,” and the following statement appears in the lower right-corner “SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT FINGERPRINT CHECK WORDING.” The reverse side of the check contains a listing of four security features. All items presented to date have been issued in the amount of $2,900.00 and show the remitter as “OPTIMUM DISBURSEMENTS.” These checks are mailed to potential victims accompanied by two letters from “Optimum Disbursements, Unclaimed Funds Resources and Payment Verification Center, Suite 201 940 Champlain Ave, Oshawa, ON L1J7A6,” which are signed by James Matters or Jennifer Ellington. The letters notify the recipient that they have won a $250,780.00 prize from the “Sweepstakes Corporation” and instruct the potential victim to contact the office immediately at “1-905-598-1495, Ext 200.”
Authentic cashier’s checks issued by the bank are blue in color and bear the logo and “Rockport National Bank” in the upper-left portion of the check followed by “ROCKPORT, MASSACHUSETTS 01966” and the date line. The words “CASHIER’S CHECK” are printed in the lower-left corner of the check, and there is one signature line located in the lower-right portion followed by the words “AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE.” The check does not contain the address or telephone number of the bank; however, the bank number, 53-526, is printed in the upper-right corner below the check number.
For additional information and guidance or to verify the authenticity of Rockport National Bank’s cashier’s checks, please contact Kathryn Bruni, Security Officer, Rockport National Bank, 16 Main Street, Rockport, MA 01966, by telephone at (978) 546-3411, ext 230, by fax at (978) 546-3263, or via email at [email@example.com].
Additional information concerning this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of the OCC may be forwarded to:
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
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resource page.
Daniel P. Stipano
Deputy Chief Counsel