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November 14, 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 official checks using a correct routing number of 221472815 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a variety of 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 ranging between $1,300 and $2,450.
Potential victims of these mystery shopping scams are contacted via email regarding a job opportunity with a fictitious company. Once the potential victim completes the survey attached to the job offer email and returns it, a counterfeit check and additional correspondence are mailed to the potential victim’s residence.
There are two different scenarios:
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of official checks drawn on Astoria Bank, please contact Astoria Bank’s Telephone Banking by mail at One Astoria Bank Plaza, Lake Success, NY 11042-1085; by telephone at (516) 327-7449; by fax at (516) 327-7290; 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