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October 16, 2014
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Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations;
All State Banking Authorities; Chair, 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 using a correct routing number of 066004367 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various Internet-based work-at-home and mystery shopping scams.
The counterfeit checks do not resemble the bank’s authentic checks, and the counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits:
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in amounts between $1,695 and $2,445 and have contained one of the following remitter names: Paul Wood, Dennis Jenkins, or Kenneth Logerquist.
While the scams differ, the premise remains the same. Recipients of the counterfeit checks are instructed to deposit the checks into their bank accounts and then contact an individual related to the purported work-at-home or mystery shopping assignment. The potential victim is then instructed to use the funds of the counterfeit check to either purchase a money order or to wire funds to a third party.
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of cashier’s checks drawn on City National Bank of Florida, please contact Senior Vice President Orlando Gonzalez by mail at 25 West Flagler St., Miami, FL 33130; by telephone at (305) 577-7491; by fax at (305) 350-1078; or by 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.
Ellen M. Warwick
Director for Enforcement and Compliance