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October 30, 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 103112675 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam.
The counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic checks, but the counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits:
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in amounts between $1,700 and $4,850 and have contained a variety of remitter names, including Paul Wood, Dianne North, Tamara Wittel, and Corey Powell.
Correspondence related to the scam contains the contact information for James Smith, including an email address of [firstname.lastname@example.org] and a telephone number for text messages only of (623) 201-3059.
The correspondence instructs the recipient to deposit the check into his or her bank account and then within 24 hours withdraw the funds to purchase three Green Dot Reloadable MoneyPak cards. Following the purchase, the recipient is to email the pin numbers found on the cards to the email address noted in the preceding paragraph.
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of cashier’s checks drawn on Fort Sill National Bank, please contact Security Officer Wynona L. Cook by mail at PO Box 33009, Fort Sill, OK 73503; by telephone at (800) 749-4583, ext. 3824; by fax at (580) 354-3874; or by 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.
Ellen M. Warwick
Director for Enforcement and Compliance