Subject: Counterfeit Official Checks
Date: February 20, 2014
Description: The First National Bank of Bellevue
Counterfeit Official Checks of The First National Bank of Bellevue, Bellevue, Ohio
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chair, 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 counterfeit official checks using a correct routing number of 041204726 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam.
The counterfeit checks do not resemble the bank’s authentic checks; counterfeit items may be identified by several traits:
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in the amounts of $1,980 and $2,350 and contain remitter names of Daniel Bloomberg, David Wilson, or Alex Brown.
Potential victims are contacted by mail with a letter signed by Daniel Bloomberg. The correspondence accompanying the counterfeit check appears to be typed on a typewriter and does not include any letterhead. The letter states that the recipient has been chosen for the mystery shopping assignment for which he or she had previously applied. Recipients are instructed to immediately deposit the accompanying check and wire-transfer the majority of funds to a third party. Recipients are to contact Daniel Bloomberg at (832) 800-3607 or [firstname.lastname@example.org].
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of The First National Bank of Bellevue’s official checks, please contact Compliance Officer Lisa Ramey by mail at 120 North St., Bellevue, OH 44811; by telephone at (419) 483-7340; by fax at (419) 483-0006; or by e-mail at RameyL@fnblifetime.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
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resource page at www.occ.gov/fraudresources.htm.
Ellen M. Warwick