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November 13, 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 113115484 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 the amount of $2,860 and contain a remitter name of David Keenom.
Potential victims are contacted by email regarding a secret shopper job opportunity with a fictitious company using the name “Sights On Service Inc.” The email is written by an individual using the name Anthony Townsend and the email addresses [Townsendrumblerrules454@aol.com] and [Townsenda1221@gmail.com]. Once the potential victim completes the survey that is attached to the job offer email and returns it to Mr. Townsend, a counterfeit check and additional correspondence are mailed to the potential victim’s residence.
The correspondence accompanying the counterfeit check instructs the recipient to deposit the check into his or her bank account and then within 24 hours, but no longer than 48 hours, use the funds as follows:
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of cashier’s checks drawn on Texas Gulf Bank, NA, please contact Vice President of Operations Jo McWhorter by mail at 1717 N. Velasco, Angleton, TX 77515; by telephone at (979) 888-7853; by fax at (979) 848-1087; 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