Date: May 30, 2007
Counterfeit Money Orders of First National Bank, Mountain View, MO
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 money orders issued in the bank's name and using a correct routing number of 011007092 (payable through Boston Safe Deposit & Trust) are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with an unknown scam.
The counterfeit money orders are similar to the authentic money orders, but may be identified by the following: the instruments are missing the bank's toll-free telephone number in the upper-left portion of the instrument.
Items presented to date have been made payable in various amounts from $2,000.00 to $3,700.00. Due to possible variations of appearance, it is suggested that officials of First National Bank be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's money orders if received from an unknown or questionable source.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of First National Bank's money orders, please contact Denise Bohm, Security Officer, PO Box 16, Mountain View, MO 65548, by telephone at (417) 934-2033, by fax at (417) 934-5481, or via e-mail at [email@example.com].
Consumers who receive a counterfeit or fictitious item and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:
Federal Trade Commission (FTC): by telephone at 1-877-FTC-HELP or, for filing a complaint electronically, via the FTC's Web site at www.ftc.gov.
Better Business Bureau (BBB) – The BBB system serves markets throughout Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United States, and is the marketplace leader in advancing trust between businesses and consumers. The international Web site www.bbb.org offers contact information for local BBBs, objective reports on more than two million businesses, consumer scam alerts, and tips on a wide variety of topics that help consumers find trustworthy businesses and make wise purchasing decisions.
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Fraud Complaint Center (scams that may have originated via the Internet) at www.ic3.gov.
- If correspondence is received via the U.S. Postal Service, contact the U.S. Postal Inspector Service by telephone at 1-888-877-7644, by mail at U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General, Operations Support Group, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60606-6100, or via e-mail at http://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/MailFraudComplaint.aspx.
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 at: https://www.occ.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/index-fraud-resources.html.
Richard C. Stearns
Director for Enforcement & Compliance