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November 29, 2016
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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 at least two variations of counterfeit official checks using a correct routing number of 044101305 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a secret shopper scam.
The counterfeit checks do not resemble the bank’s authentic checks. Counterfeit items may be identified by the following traits:
Variation No. 1
Variation No. 2
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts and have contained remitter names of Crystal Bearce, Gary Cook, James Edwood, Mark Richards, Daniel Scott, and Eileen Zimmer.
Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks may contain a contact name of Richard Rotarious with email addresses of [Rbmt009@gmail.com] or [firstname.lastname@example.org] as well as Christopher Decker with contact information of [email@example.com] and text-only telephone numbers of (214) 935-8253 or (682) 233-0485.
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of official checks drawn on Century National Bank, a Division of Park National Bank, please contact Brittany Schuhart, Loss Prevention Manager, by mail at Loss Prevention Department, 50 N. Third St., PO Box 3500, Newark, OH 43058; by telephone at (888) 349-3925; or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Special Supervision Division
400 7th St. SW, Suite 3E-218; MS 8E-12
Washington, DC 20219
Phone: (202) 649-6450
Fax: (571) 293-4925
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resources page.
Ellen M. Warwick
Director for Enforcement and Compliance