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Subject: Counterfeit Official Checks
Date: March 29, 2011
Description: Park National Bank
Counterfeit Official and Cashier's Checks of Park National Bank, Newark, Ohio
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 official and cashier’s checks issued in the bank’s name and using a correct routing number of 044101305 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a lottery scam.
There are currently at least four versions of counterfeit items in circulation. All versions are printed on a plain copy paper stock and contain the bank’s name in the upper-left corner. All items present differently and contain varying security features; however, none contain watermarks.
Items presented to date have used remitter names of Thornhill Securities Inc., Royal Securities Inc., David Coleman, and Fairmont Securities Inc. Payment amounts range from $3,000 to $5,000, and the items dates range between March 9, 2011, and March 16, 2011.
Information regarding correspondence accompanying these checks is not available. However, consumers who receive unsolicited checks in the mail and who suspect them to be counterfeits should contact the issuing bank directly to verify their authenticity. When contacting the bank, consumers should never use telephone numbers found on the instrument but rather research a genuine telephone number. To locate a bank’s contact information, consumers may check the FDIC’s Web site at: http://www2.fdic.gov/idasp/main_bankfind.asp
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of Park National Bank’s official checks, please contact Jullene Barnes, Administration Manager, Loss Prevention, 50 N. Third Street, Newark, OH 43055, by telephone at (740) 349-6836, by fax at (740) 349-7916, 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.treas.gov/fraudresources.htm.
Richard C. Stearns