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Alert 2006-49
Description: Rabobank, N.A.

Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Rabobank, N.A., El Centro, CA

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 The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit cashier’s checks issued in the bank’s name and using a correct routing number of 121139711 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.

The volume of these counterfeit items has increased along with the variation of the appearance of the items. Bank officials, therefore, are encouraged to contact Rabobank, N.A. to verify the authenticity of the item that is being presented.

Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items may contain the letterhead of “American Consumers Sweepstake Lottery” and may be signed by a person purporting to be the president of this organization. The letters notify the recipient of their winning status and instruct them to contact an “agent” at 1-800-963-5144 ext 1 or 647-430-9696 ext 1. The letter further indicates that the internal revenue officer handling the file is Mrs. Carol Francis, who can be reached at 514-827-8898. According to this correspondence, the check is included to pay the IRS non-resident fees.

For additional information and guidance, please contact Patricia Martinez, Rabobank, N.A., 301 Main Street, Salinas, CA 93901 or via telephone at (831) 422-6642.

Additional information concerning this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of the OCC may be forwarded to:

E-mail: occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
Mail: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Special Supervision Division, MS 6-4
250 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20219
Fax: (202) 874-5214
Internet: http://www.occ.gov

For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's anti-fraud resource at:
http://www.occ.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/index-fraud-resources.html.

/signed/

Daniel P. Stipano
Deputy Chief Counsel