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Alert 2007-51
Description: The First, National Association

Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of The First, National Association, Damariscotta, ME

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

The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier’s checks issued in the bank’s name and using a correct routing number of 011201830 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.

While the counterfeit checks resemble the authentic items, they may be identified by the following: the check is of unknown color and contains the following statement within the darkened top border: "FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, THE FACE OF THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS A TWO-TONED COLORED BACKGROUND AND MICROPRINTING IN THE BORDER." The following statement appears in the bottom center-portion of the item: "SECURITY FEATURES INCLUDED. DETAILS ON BACK."

Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $3,875.00, contain check numbers in the range of 38002300 – 38002500, utilize an authorized signature of "Robert S. Wilson," and have been dated 7/18/2007. Due to possible variations of appearance, it is suggested that officials of The First, N.A. be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's cashier's checks if received from an unknown or questionable source.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items may contain the letterhead of "Century Lotto Gaming Corporation (CLGC), PO Box 7852, St. John, Virgin Islands 00831." The letter alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize and instructs the recipient to contact the claim agent, Mrs. Angela Watts, at 1-866-812-6674, Ext 1 by a specific date, or the money will be forfeited. The letter further states that the enclosed check is to be used to pay for the applicable taxes, which is to be paid via Moneygram or Western Union. The letter may be signed by Robert Risenham.

For additional information and guidance, please contact Cathy Peterman, Assistant Vice President & Security Officer, The First, N.A., PO Box 940, Damariscotta, ME 04543, by telephone at (800) 564-3195, x2408, by fax at (207) 882-9517 or via e-mail at [cathy.peterman@the1st.com].

Consumers who receive a counterfeit item and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:

  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC): by telephone at 1-877-FTC-HELP or, for filing a complaint electronically, via the FTC’s Internet site at www.ftc.gov.
  • Better Business Bureau – The BBB system serves markets throughout Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United States, and is the marketplace leader in advancing trust between businesses and consumers. The international Web site (www.bbb.org) offers contact information for local BBBs, objective reports on more than two million businesses, consumer scam alerts, and tips on a wide variety of topics that help consumers find trustworthy businesses and make wise purchasing decisions.
  • If correspondence is received via the U.S. Postal Service, contact the U.S. Postal Inspector Service by telephone at 1-888-877-7644, by mail at U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General, Operations Support Group, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, Suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60606-6100, or via e-mail at https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/MailFraudComplaint.aspx

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
Special Supervision Division, MS 6-4
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20219
Fax:(202) 874-5214
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.


Daniel P. Stipano
Deputy Chief Counsel