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Alert 2014-16
Description: Canon National Bank

Counterfeit Cashier's Checks of Canon National Bank, Canon City, Colo.

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 cashier’s checks using a correct routing number of 107002516 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various online employment scams.

The counterfeit checks are similar to the bank’s authentic checks; however, counterfeit items may be identified by several traits:

  • The checks are green and contain a top and bottom darkened green border.
  • The dollar amounts of the checks are not contained within text boxes.
  • The words “CASHIER’S CHECK” are not contained within text boxes.
  • A padlock security icon and the words “Security features. Details on back” appear along the right borders of the checks.
  • The checks do not contain branch locations or telephone numbers.

Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts from $1,650 to $35,500 and contain a remitter name of “New Ground LLC.”

For additional information and to verify the authenticity of Canon National Bank’s cashier’s checks, please contact Patty Brickley of Internal Audit/Security at 816 Royal Gorge Boulevard, Canon City, CO 81212, by telephone at (719) 269-0209, by fax at (719) 275-9681, or by e-mail at patty.brickley@canonbank.com.

Consumers who receive counterfeit or fictitious items and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:

  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC): by telephone at (877) FTC-HELP or, for filing a complaint electronically, via the FTC’s Web site at www.ftc.gov.
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB): 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 Web site www.bbb.org offers contact information for local BBBs, objective reports on more than 2 million businesses, consumer scam alerts, and tips on a wide variety of topics that help consumers find trustworthy businesses and make wise purchasing decisions.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center (to report scams that may have originated via the Internet). Its Web site is www.ic3.gov.
  • If correspondence is received via the U.S. Postal Service, contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by telephone at (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 the online complaint form at https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/MailFraudComplaint.aspx.

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

  E-mail: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
  Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Special Supervision Division
400 7th St. SW, Suite 3E-218; MS 8E-12
Washington, DC 20219
  Phone: (202) 649-6450
  Fax: (571) 293-4925
  Internet: www.occ.gov

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
Director for Enforcement and Compliance