Alert 2008-35| August 1, 2008

Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company, Louisville, GA

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 061103975 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with online purchase/rental overpayment scams.

Counterfeit items are similar to the authentic checks, but may be identified by the following traits: checks are green in color with a marbled background. The instruments contain a dark-green top border, which includes the following security statement: “THIS DOCUMENT HAS A COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING. THE REVERSE SIDE INCLUDES AN ARTIFICIAL WATERMARK.” The bank’s name and logo is located in the lower-left portion of the check and is enclosed in a dark-green box. The bank’s Internet address is missing from the check.

Items presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts from $1,500 to $15,500, contain a remitter name of Jacob Perkins, and are signed by either Jennifer V. Pose or Rebecca Kogiel. Due to possible variations in the appearance of the bank’s official items and differing scams associated with the counterfeit or fictitious items, officials of Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company suggest they be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank’s cashier’s checks if received from an unknown or questionable source.

For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company’s cashier’s checks, please contact Kelli M. Fulford, Security Officer, 113 E. Broad Street, Louisville, GA 30434, by telephone at (478) 625-2021, x149, by fax at (478) 625-5051, or via email at [kfulford@qnbtrust.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.

/signed/

Richard C. Stearns
Director for Enforcement & Compliance