Date: February 6, 2007
Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of First National Bank of Gillette, Gillette, WY
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, using a correct routing number of 102301050, and drawn on a closed account are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with an Internet purchase scam.
Counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits: the checks vary in color, do not contain a holograph security feature, and contain the bank’s name and logo in the top center portion of the instrument.
Items presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts less than $10,000 and have included a remitter name of "John Powell." Items have been received by the potential victims via DHL courier and would appear to be sent from Texas by a "Donna Walker."
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of First National Bank of Gillette’s cashier’s checks, please contact the Bookkeeping Department, First National Bank of Gillette, PO Box 3002, 319 South Gillette Avenue, Gillette, WY 82717, by telephone at (307) 686-3300 or by fax at (307) 686-3362.
Consumers who receive a counterfeit item and associated material related to an Internet purchase scheme should file complaints with the following agencies:
- Federal Trade Commission (FTC): by telephone at 1-877-FTC-HELP or, for filing a complaint electronically, via the FTC’s Internet site at www.ftc.gov
- Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Internet Fraud Complaint Center: via Internet reporting form located at www.ic3.gov
- Better Business Bureau – 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.
- 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, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60606-6100, or via e-mail at https://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
For additional information on this and other types of financial fraud, please visit 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