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Subject: Fictitious Official Checks
Date: September 4, 2013
Description: Meridian Bank, N.A.
Fictitious Official Checks of Meridian Bank, N.A., Phoenix, Ariz.
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 Counsels; and All Examining Personnel
The above-named bank has reported that fictitious official checks using an incorrect routing number of 114000119 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam. The bank does not issue official checks.
The fictitious checks may be identified by the following: The bank’s logo is located in the upper-left corner along with the words “Meridian Bank - Phoenix Arizona,” with the words “OFFICIAL CHECK” located in the top-center portion of the item.
Fictitious checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $2,700.90 and are being mailed to potential victims along with correspondence containing the letterhead of “Trust Financier, 400 Orange Street, Bloomingdale, NY 07211; Tel: 1-905-781-0357.” The letter informs the recipient that he or she is the winner of a lottery drawing in the amount of $55,000. The letter states that the check is being provided to the winner to pay the taxes due of $1,750. Recipients are further instructed to keep their winning status confidential and to contact Jason Sight at 1-905-781-0357 for additional information.
For additional information regarding Meridian Bank, N.A.’s checks and further guidance, please contact Rebecca Marchel, BSA/Security Officer, 2198 E. Camelback Road, Ste. 100, Phoenix, AZ 85016, by telephone at (602) 636-5021, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) may be forwarded to
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resource at www.occ.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/index-fraud-resources.html.
Ellen M. Warwick