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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; 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 092005411 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a variety of online auction and job opportunity scams.
There are at least four 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 $1,880 and $7,250 and contain check serial numbers beginning in the 241100 series.
Victims receiving checks in regard to the job opportunity scam have received one of the following letters:
Fictitious Correspondence Variation #1
Correspondence is in regard to a purported shopper assessment job opportunity. Recipients are instructed to either cash or deposit the check, retain $300 as compensation, and use the remaining balance to purchase specified gift cards under the guise of secretly surveying the stores where the gift card purchases are transacted. Upon completion of the purchases, recipients are instructed to send pictures of the gift card serial numbers to the perpetrator of this scam. The letter is signed by Greg Sturge, Survey/Evaluator Consultant, with an email address of [email@example.com]. A telephone number of (608) 535-4020 is provided for recipients to submit text messages.
Fictitious Correspondence Variation #2
Correspondence mirrors the first example, but the contact information differs. This letter is signed by Gary Cooper, Survey/Evaluator Consultant, with an email address of [firstname.lastname@example.org]. A telephone number of (213) 443-8126 is provided for recipients to submit text messages.
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of official bank checks drawn on Bremer Bank, NA, please contact Loss Prevention Services Manager Kristin Hines by mail at 8555 Eagle Point Blvd., PO Box 1000, Lake Elmo, MN 55042, by telephone at (800) 299-9990, Option 2, 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.
Monica A. Freas
Director for Enforcement and Compliance