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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 064101233 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam.
The counterfeit checks resemble the bank's authentic items but may be identified by the following traits:
The color of the checks is unknown.
Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $1,990.50 and include a remitter name of Keith Stanton.
In another variation of this scam, counterfeit business checks using the name of "INSTINET" and appearing to be drawn on JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. are now being presented with First National Bank of Tennessee's routing number and GL account number. These items have been presented in the amount of $1,895.
Due to possible continued variations between the appearance of the bank's authentic items and the counterfeit items associated with the scam, officials of First National Bank of Tennessee suggest they be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's cashier's checks if received by an unknown entity.
Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items may include the letterhead of "Financial Mystery Management Company, Survey Division, email: email@example.com, Head Office-USA: 146 Woodlot Road, Ridge, NY 11961, Central Office – New York: 89 Main St, "Niagra" Falls, New York." The letter indicates that the recipient has been chosen to represent the firm as a Customer Service Evaluator.
It is explained that the enclosed check 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 contact Research Associate, Donny Rambo, at 1-647-219-6247 for detailed instructions.
For additional information and guidance, and to verify the authenticity of First National Bank of Tennessee's cashier's checks, please contact Roger Brady, Senior Vice President/Risk Management, 214 East Main Street, Livingston, TN 38570, by telephone at (931) 403-4433, by fax at (931) 403-4475, 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:
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