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Subject: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks
Date: February 29, 2008
Description: Merchants National Bank
Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Merchants National Bank, Hillsboro, OH
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 the bank’s correct routing number of 042205009 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with an Internet-based overpayment scam.
The counterfeit items are exact replications of the bank’s authentic cashier’s check. As such, the counterfeit items have no distinguishing features. It is suggested that officials of Merchants National Bank be contacted to verify authenticity of any of the bank’s official items, if received from an unknown or questionable source.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of Merchants National Bank’s cashier’s checks, please contact Linda Siders, VP/Cashier, 100 N. High Street, Hillsboro, OH 45133, by telephone at (937) 393-1993, by fax at (937) 393-9425, or via e-mail at [firstname.lastname@example.org].
Consumers who receive a counterfeit or fictitious 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.
Richard C. Stearns