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Alert 2006-34
Description: National City Bank

Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of National City Bank, Evansville, IN

To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Director, Office of Thrift Supervision; Conference of State Bank Supervisors; Deputy Comptrollers (districts); Assistant Deputy Comptrollers; District Counsel; and All Examining Personnel

Integra Bank, N.A., has reported to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) that counterfeit cashier’s checks, issued in the name of National City Bank, Evansville, IN, and using a retired routing number of 081205248, are being presented nationwide for payment in connection with a lottery scam. National City Bank was merged into Integra Bank, N.A. As a result of this merger, there are no longer any authentic items in circulation bearing the name of National City Bank, Evansville, IN, or utilizing the routing number noted above.

The counterfeit items are light tan in color with a dark tan border. All printing appears in black ink, and the watermark is a diamond pattern when held to the light. To date, the checks presented have been made payable in the amount of either $3,850.00 or $4,850.00.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items contains the letterhead of “Providence Trust, 9089 Clarke Avenue, Orangeville, ON L9W 2Y8, (519) 722-4987” and may be signed by Gina Pride, Senior Vice President, Operations. Recipients are informed of their winning status and are instructed to contact their account manager, Wilson Graham, at (519) 721-2585. The letter further states that “…the enclosed check should be used for service charges and all applicable fees.”

For additional information and guidance, please contact Gary Fein, Fraud Investigator, Security Department, Integra Bank, N.A., 227 Main Street, Evansville, Indiana 47705, by telephone at (812) 464-9672, by fax at (812) 461-9556 or via e-mail at [gfein@integrabank.com].

Additional information concerning this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of the OCC may be forwarded to:

E-mail: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Enforcement & Compliance Division, MS 8-10
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5301
Internet: http://www.occ.gov

For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resource at:
http://www.occ.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/index-fraud-resources.html.

/signed/

Daniel P. Stipano
Deputy Chief Counsel