Subject: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks
Date: May 7, 2007
Description: City National Bank of West Virginia
Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of City National Bank of West Virginia, Charleston, WV
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 051904524 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a variety of up-front fee scams.
The counterfeit items bear no resemblance to the authentic items and may be identified by the following: the instruments are of unknown color, and contain a checkered top border which includes the following statement: "THIS DOCUMENT CONTAINS SECURITY FEATURES – SEE REVERSE." The bank's name and address appear in the top-center portion of the instrument, the check's serial number is located in the top-right corner, and the abbreviated routing number may be found directly beneath the check number in the right-hand side. The date is located farther down the check and close to the center followed by the payable amount line. The payable dollar amount is preceded by the word "AMOUNT," and the signature line is preceded by the words "AUTHORIZED SIGNATURE." A forged signature of Terry W. Childers appears on the signature line.
Items presented to date have been made payable in various amounts between $1,300.00 and $350,000.00. According to the bank, the checks are being circulated in relation to both Internet purchase overpayment scams as well as lottery scams. No specific information is available at this time. Due to possible variations of appearance, it is suggested that City National Bank of West Virginia be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's cashier's checks if received from an unknown or questionable source.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of City National Bank of West Virginia's cashier's checks, please contact Terry W. Childers, Senior Vice President, PO Box 7520, Charleston, WV 25356, by telephone at (304) 769-1119, by fax at (304) 769-1111, or via e-mail at [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Consumers who receive a counterfeit item and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies:
Additional information concerning this matter that you believe should be brought to the attention of the 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.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/index-fraud-resources.html.
Richard C. Stearns