Subject: Counterfeit Accounts Payable Checks
Date: August 6, 2007
Description: Bridgehampton National Bank
Counterfeit Accounts Payable Checks of Bridgehampton National Bank, Bridgehampton, NY
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 accounts payable checks issued in the bank's name, using a correct routing number of 021406667, but using a closed account number of 1123157 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.
Items presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts between $2,800 and $18,000.
Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items may contain the letterhead of "American Sweepstakes Award, 29998 S 11th Avenue, Inglewood, CA 90307." The letter alerts the recipient that he or she is the winner of an unclaimed prize and instructs the recipient to contact a representative at (778) 859-2616. Note that this telephone number originates out of British Columbia. The letter further states that the enclosed check is to be used to "…help you pay your insurance, legal, and administration fees." The letter may be signed by Jason Chapman, President.
Consumers who receive a counterfeit item and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:
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.