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April 8, 2015
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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 021406667 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a digital shopper scam.
Two variations of counterfeit checks currently in circulation resemble the bank’s authentic checks. The counterfeit checks may be identified, however, by the following traits:
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in the amounts of $2,360 and $2,780.
Potential victims of the digital shopper scam are initially contacted via email after responding to an employment opportunity online. These emails have been generated using various names; the names used most frequently, however, are
Potential victims receive the counterfeit check, along with instructional material regarding the digital shopper assignment guidelines, via Priority Mail. This instructional material contains a return address and telephone number of “230 E 26th St, New York, NY 10001; Tel: (586) 221-6272” and is signed by Michael Huggin.
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of cashier’s checks drawn on Bridgehampton National Bank, please contact Vice President of Security Deborah Cosgrove by mail at 2200 Montauk Highway, P.O. Box 3005, Bridgehampton, NY 11932; by telephone at (631) 537-1000, ext. 7237; by fax at (631) 237-4305; 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