Alert 2012-3| February 6, 2012

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks of Great Plains National Bank, Belfield, North Dakota

To

Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsels; 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 091302979 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.

Counterfeit items closely resemble the authentic checks but may be identified by the following: The bank’s telephone numbers of (701) 575-8282 and (701) 483-8282 are not included in the top-center portion of the instruments. In addition, the counterfeit items do not include the watermark or thermochromic icon. Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $4,875 and contain a remitter’s name of either Sandra Pattel or Karen Collins.

Correspondence accompanying these checks contains the letterhead of either “Pathway Financial LTD, 25 Baker Street, London, England, W1U 3DS, UK” or “Anchor Trust Financial, 209 Bishopsgate, Towers Hamlets, London EC2M, United Kingdom.” The letter informs the recipient that he or she has been chosen as a winner in a drawing. The letter further states that the recipient has three weeks to claim his or her prize by contacting Kevin Jacobs or Kim Walters at 011-44-7574-200-742. The accompanying check is purported to cover the federal and international clearance fees.

For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of Great Plains National Bank’s cashier’s checks, please contact Bruce D. Baer, Senior Vice President, by mail at P.O. Box 248, Belfield, ND 58622; by telephone at (701) 575-8282; by fax at (701) 575-8525; or via email at [bbaer@greatplainsnationalbank.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.

Richard C. Stearns
Director for Enforcement and Compliance