Subject: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Date: June 6, 2011
Description: The First National Bank of Wyoming
Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of The First National Bank of Wyoming, Wyoming, Delaware
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; Director, Office of Thrift Supervision; 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 031100636 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with secret shopper and craigslist Internet purchase scams.
The counterfeit items strongly resemble the bank’s authentic checks and contain what purport to be official bank employee signatures. The counterfeit checks may be identified by their green color and basket-weave background pattern.
Items presented to date relating to the secret shopper scam contain payment amounts of $3,330 and are dated 5/11/11.
Correspondence accompanying these items contains the following letterhead: “SH P’NCHEK, 6025 The Corners Parkway, Suite 200, Norcross, GA 30092. USA.” and is signed by “David Bliss.” The solicitation outlines the duties of a secret shopper. The letter states that the money order the victim receives should be taken to the bank and cashed. The holder should then deduct a $200 commission and wire the balance to a “Betty Jones.” An evaluation is to then be completed and e-mailed to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of The First National Bank of Wyoming’s cashier’s checks, please contact John J. Steele, Senior Vice President/Operations, by mail at 120 West Camden Wyoming Avenue, Wyoming, DE 19934; by telephone at (302) 398–3232; by fax at (302) 398-3289; or via e-mail at email@example.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 you believe 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 http://www.occ.treas.gov/fraudresources.htm.
Richard C. Stearns