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Subject: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Date: April 30, 2014
Description: Old Florida National Bank
Counterfeit Official Checks of Old Florida National Bank, Orlando, Fla.
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 063111169 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam.
The counterfeit checks do not resemble the bank’s authentic checks. The counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits:
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $2,050, have been dated April 8, 2014, and contain a remitter name of Michael Patel.
Correspondence related to this scam contains the letterhead of “Digital Shopper Cp., Inc., U.S. Office, 230 E 26th St., New York, NY 10001, tel: (801) 692-3407” and is signed by “Micahel [sic] Patel.”
The correspondence is addressed to “Prospective Shopper” and provides instructions for the mystery shopping assignment. Recipients are assigned to evaluate a major retail store and a wire transfer service. The majority of the check’s funds is to be used to purchase wire transfer service, while retaining $250 to cover the individual’s salary and expenses. The recipient is to contact Michael Patel at [firstname.lastname@example.org] with any questions. The correspondence contains numerous typographical errors, including Michael Patel’s first name. Please review the attached letter for detailed information.
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 resources page at www.occ.gov/fraudresources.htm.
Ellen M. Warwick