Subject: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Date: June 29, 2015
Description: Citizens Savings Bank
Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Citizens Savings Bank, Clarks Summit, Penn.
To: 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 231375151 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam.
The counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic checks; however, the counterfeit checks may be identified by the following traits:
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $1,450 and are dated June 15, 2015.
Letters accompanying the checks instruct the potential victim to send a text message to (208) 907-1401 on receipt of the check and to immediately deposit the check into his or her bank account. The potential victim is further instructed to retain $200 as a salary payment, to use $50 to make a purchase at a well-known chain store, and to wire transfer the balance of the funds to a third party. The letters ask for transfer details and evaluation forms to be e-mailed to [firstname.lastname@example.org].
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of cashier’s checks drawn on Citizens Savings Bank, please contact one of the following individuals:
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
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resources page.
Ellen M. Warwick