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Alert 2012-13
Description: Peoples National Bank of Kewanee

Counterfeit Money Orders of Peoples National Bank of Kewanee, Kewanee, Illinois

To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chairman, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; 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 money orders issued in the bank’s name and using a correct routing number of 071102487 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various telephone and Internet purchase scams.

Counterfeit money orders do not resemble the bank’s authentic money orders and may be identified by the following: Counterfeit items are white in color with a blue border and contain the following security statement in the top border of the item: "WARNING: THIS DOCUMENT HAS SECURITY FEATURES IN THE PAPER." The bank’s name and address appear in the top-right corner, the words "Personal Money Order" appear in the top-left corner, and a memo line is located in the lower-left portion of the money order.

For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of Peoples National Bank of Kewanee’s money orders, please contact David M. Sherrard, Compliance Officer, by mail at 207 North Tremont St., P.O. Box 387, Kewanee, IL 61443; by telephone at (309) 853-3333 ext. 132; by fax at (309) 853-1708; or by e-mail at dsherrard@pnb-kewanee.com.

Consumers who receive a counterfeit or fictitious item and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:

  • Federal Trade Commission (FTC): by telephone at (877) FTC-HELP or, for filing a complaint electronically, via the FTC’s Web site at www.ftc.gov.
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police (to report Canadian scams): by telephone at (888) 495-8501 or by e-mail at info@phonebusters.com. Its Web site, www.phonebusters.com, provides additional contact telephone numbers.
  • Better Business Bureau (BBB): The BBB system serves markets throughout Canada, Puerto Rico, and the United States and is the marketplace leader in advancing trust between businesses and consumers. The Web site www.bbb.org offers contact information for local BBBs, objective reports on more than 2 million businesses, consumer scam alerts, and tips on a wide variety of topics that help consumers find trustworthy businesses and make wise purchasing decisions.
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation Internet Crime Complaint Center (to report scams that may have originated via the Internet) at www.ic3.gov.
  • If correspondence is received via the U.S. Postal Service, contact the U.S. Postal Inspection Service by telephone at (888) 877-7644; by mail at U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Office of Inspector General, Operations Support Group, 222 S. Riverside Plaza, suite 1250, Chicago, IL 60606-6100; or via the online complaint form at: https://postalinspectors.uspis.gov/forms/MailFraudComplaint.aspx.

Additional information concerning this matter that should be brought to the attention of the OCC may be forwarded to:

E-mail:occalertresponses@occ.treas.gov
Mail:Office of the Comptroller of the Currency
Special Supervision Division, MS 2-7
250 E St. SW
Washington, DC 20219
Fax:(202) 874-5214
Internet:www.occ.gov

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
Director for Enforcement and Compliance