Alert 2007-51| August 8, 2007

Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of The First, National Association, Damariscotta, ME

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 011201830 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.

While the counterfeit checks resemble the authentic items, they may be identified by the following: the check is of unknown color and contains the following statement within the darkened top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A TWO-TONED COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The following statement appears in the bottom center-portion of the item: "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK."

Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $3,875.00, contain check numbers in the range of 38002300 – 38002500, utilize an authorized signature of "Robert S. Wilson," and have been dated 7/18/2007. Due to possible variations of appearance, it is suggested that officials of The First, N.A. be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's cashier's checks if received from an unknown or questionable source.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items may contain the letterhead of "Century Lotto Gaming Corporation (CLGC), PO Box 7852, St. John, Virgin Islands 00831." The letter alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize and instructs the recipient to contact the claim agent, Mrs. Angela Watts, at 1-866-812-6674, Ext 1 by a specific date, or the money will be forfeited. The letter further states that the enclosed check is to be used to pay for the applicable taxes, which is to be paid via Moneygram or Western Union. The letter may be signed by Robert Risenham.

For additional information and guidance, please contact Cathy Peterman, Assistant Vice President & Security Officer, The First, N.A., PO Box 940, Damariscotta, ME 04543, by telephone at (800) 564-3195, x2408, by fax at (207) 882-9517 or via email at [cathy.peterman@the1st.com].

Consumers who receive counterfeit or fictitious items and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:

  • U.S. Department of the Treasury, Office of Inspector General (OIG): by telephone at (800) 359-3898 or by visiting the OIG website.
  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC): by telephone at (877) FTC-HELP or, for filing a complaint electronically, via the FTC's website.
  • National Consumers League (NCL): by telephone at (202) 835-3323 or by email. To file a fraud complaint, visit the NCL fraud website.
  • 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 website offers contact information for local BBBs, objective reports on more than 2 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 Internet Crime Complaint Center (to report scams that may have originated via the internet).
  • If correspondence is received via the U.S. Postal Service, contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by telephone at (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 the online complaint form.

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

Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Special Supervision Division
400 7th St. SW, Suite 3E-218; MS 8E-12
Washington, DC 20219
Phone: (202) 649-6450
Fax: (571) 293-4925
www.occ.gov
occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov

For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resources page.


Daniel P. Stipano
Deputy Chief Counsel