Subject: Counterfeit Cashier's Checks
Date: August 20, 2015
Description: Northfield Bank
Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Northfield Bank, Woodbridge, N.J.
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 226071457 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with an online employment scam.
The counterfeit checks resemble the bank’s authentic checks; the counterfeit checks, however, may be identified by the following traits:
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $2,350.90 and contain a remitter name of Regina Calautti.
Potential victims are initially contacted via e-mail after registering with an online job search firm. The e-mail is sent with the premise of scheduling a job interview and is sent by Christine J. Susi using an e-mail address of [firstname.lastname@example.org]. The message requires that the recipient set up a Gmail account and a Gmail Hangout, where the online interview will be held. Following an extensive online interview, the potential victim will receive a check by overnight mail, which is to be deposited into his or her bank account immediately. The following day, the potential victim is to make a software purchase with a specific vendor using his or her ATM card or banking mobile app. Once the payment is made, no other communication will follow.
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of cashier’s checks drawn on Northfield Bank, please contact Vice President and BSA Officer Christopher Donohue by mail at 581 Main St., Suite 810, Woodbridge, NJ 07095; by telephone at (732) 499-7200, x2594; by fax at (732) 634-0696; or by e-mail at cdonohue@eNorthfield.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
Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resources page.
Ellen M. Warwick