Subject: Counterfeit Official Bank Checks
Date: September 5, 2018
Description: Sterling National Bank
Counterfeit Official Bank Checks of Sterling National Bank, Montebello, N.Y.
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; Chair, 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 bank checks using the bank’s routing number of 221472815 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a variety of overpayment scams involving online purchases.
There are at least three variations of counterfeit checks in circulation. While the counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic items, they may be identified by the following traits:
Checks presented to date have been made payable in amounts between $700 and $20,380, with the majority being under $3,000.
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of official bank checks drawn on Sterling National Bank, please contact Director of FCIU Catherine Manzione by mail at 400 Rella Boulevard, Montebello, NY 10901, by telephone at (845) 918-5704, 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
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resources page.