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December 11, 2008
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The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier’s checks issued in the bank’s name and using a correct routing number of 111908758 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with both an Internet-based mystery shopping scam and overpayment scam.
The counterfeit checks bear a strong resemblance to the authentic items but may be identified by the following traits: the instruments may be green in color and contain a remitter name of Mike McConathy. The address information following the bank name in the lower-left portion of the check contains “Box 188,” verbiage above the signature line states “ASST. VICE PRESIDENT – CASHIER – LAMAN OFFICER,” and while there is a padlock icon located in the right border, there is no security statement.
Due to possible variations in the appearance of the bank’s official items and differing scams associated with the counterfeit items, officials of First National Bank of Lipan suggest they be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank’s cashier’s checks if received from an unknown or questionable source.
Items presented to date in relation to the overpayment scam have been made payable in large dollar amounts to various equipment and vehicle dealers.
Items presented to date in relation to the mystery shopping scam have been made payable in the amount of $4,800.
Email correspondence related to the mystery shopping scam may contain a sender email address of [firstname.lastname@example.org]. The letter informs the recipient that he or she has been selected as a mystery shopper. It is explained that the check being mailed is to be used during the assignment to make purchases at various merchants and to transfer money using a nationally known wire service. Recipients are instructed to wire the funds to Kelvin Ball, 5 Fairoak Grove, Enfield, United Kingdom, London EN3 6LY.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of First National Bank of Lipan’s cashier’s checks, please contact Nancy Hutchins, Credit Administration, First National Bank of Lipan, PO Box 158, 101 East Lipan Drive, Lipan, TX 76462, by telephone at (254) 646-2244, by fax at (254) 646-2250, or via email at [email@example.com].
Consumers who receive counterfeit or fictitious items and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:
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