Alert 2007-56| October 9, 2007
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks of First National Bank, Christiansburg, VA
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 drawn on the bank and displaying a correct routing number of 051402220 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a variety of Internet purchase scams.
The counterfeit checks resemble authentic items with the exception of being white in color with a blue border and black printing.
Items presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts up to $21,800, have included unfixed date formats (MM/DD/YYYY, MM-DD-YYYY, or left blank), and display a 6-digit serial number beginning with the series of 209. Items have been received by potential victims via Federal Express and UPS.
Due to possible variations in appearance of the counterfeit items, it is suggested that officials of First National Bank be contacted to verify authenticity of similar checks, if received from an unknown or questionable source.
For additional information and guidance or to verify the authenticity of First National Bank's cashier's checks, please contact Jo Lynn Price, Security Officer, 105 Arbor Drive, PO Box 600, Christiansburg, VA 24073, by telephone at (540) 381-6750, by fax at (540) 382-0457, or via email at [firstname.lastname@example.org].
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
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resources page.
Richard C. Stearns
Director for Enforcement & Compliance