Subject: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Date: June 26, 2012
Description: Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks of Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, 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 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 061103975 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping Internet scam.
The counterfeit items may be identified by the following: Counterfeit items are of unknown color but contain the bank’s name and address in the upper-left corner. The following security statement is located in the top border of the item: “THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A COLORED BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A DIAMOND & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BANK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW.” Items presented to date have been made payable for $1,290.45 and contain a remitter name of Melissa S. Wilson.
Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks contains the following letterhead: “Global Market Research, 28 West 44th Street, New York, NY 10036; Tel-1-800-708-4070 / 416-828-0736 Fax-1-877-414-7735.” The correspondence informs the recipient that he or she has been selected for a paid consumer research program and that the funds of the counterfeit check should be utilized for various purchases, with the majority of the funds being sent to a third party via Western Union. Recipients are encouraged to contact a training coordinator at 1-800-708-4070 for clarification. The letter is signed by Joseph Miles, Group Project Director.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company’s cashier’s checks, please contact Kelli M. Fulford, Security Officer, by mail at 113 East Broad St., Louisville, GA 30434; by telephone at (706) 731-1410; by fax at (706) 731-5902; or by e-mail at kfulford@QNbtrust.com. Consumers who receive a counterfeit or fictitious item 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 OCC may be forwarded to
Richard C. Stearns