Subject: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Date: January 27, 2014
Description: First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lakewood
Counterfeit Cashier's Checks of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lakewood, Lakewood, Ohio
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 at least two different counterfeit cashier’s checks issued in the name of First Federal Lakewood are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a variety of internet scams, including but not limited to fictitious online auctions, job opportunities, lottery winnings, and beneficiary payments.
While the counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic checks, counterfeit items may be identified by several traits:
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts, including $2,150, $9,860, and $35,000, although the lower amounts are more common. A remitter name of Bridge Sofia may also appear on the "Customer’s Signature or Name" line.
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of Lakewood’s cashier’s checks, please contact Security and Legal Supervisor Nicole Herttua by mail at 14806 Detroit Avenue, Lakewood, OH 44107; by telephone at (800) 966-7300, ext. 5635; by fax at (216) 529-2732; or via 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/fraudresources.htm.
Ellen M. Warwick