Subject: Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks
Date: September 17, 2009
Description: Kleberg First National Bank of Kingsville
Counterfeit Cashier’s Checks of Kleberg First National Bank of Kingsville, Kingsville, Texas
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 114912686 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam.
The counterfeit checks do not resemble the bank's authentic items and may be identified by the following traits: the instruments are pinkish grey in color and contain the name of the bank in a stacked fashion in the center of the item followed by an address of "100 East Kleberg Avenue, Kinston, Texas 78363." The following security statement is located in the top border: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT A RED AND GRAY BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW."
Items presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $1,993, contain a remitter name of "Lionel Gresky," and display a five-digit serial number.
Due to possible variations between the appearance of the bank's authentic items and the counterfeit items associated with the scam, officials of Kleberg First National Bank of Kingsville suggest they be contacted to verify authenticity of the bank's cashier's checks if received by an unknown entity.
Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks may contain the letterhead of "Liberty Marketing & Management Corp, Market Research & Management, 600-5th Ave., New York, New York Fax: 1-832-218-4488; Phone: 1-647-863-8544." The correspondence informs the recipient that he or she has been selected to represent the company as a mystery shopper. It is explained that the enclosed cashier's check is to be used during the assignment to make purchases at various merchants and to transfer money using a nationally known wire service. Recipients are instructed to contact Sandra Anderson or Mike Campbell at 1-647-863-8544 for further information prior to cashing the check. The letter may display a signature of Kim Shapiro.
For additional information and guidance, and to verify the authenticity of Kleberg First National Bank of Kingsville's cashier's checks, please contact the Kleberg Bank Phone Center at (361) 592-8501.
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