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Subject: Counterfeit Official Checks
Date: June 10, 2013
Description: OneWest Bank, FSB
Counterfeit Official Checks: OneWest Bank, FSB
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 Counsels; and All Examining Personnel
The above-named bank has reported that counterfeit official checks using a correct routing number of 322271106 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various Internet scams targeting law offices.
The counterfeit checks resemble the authentic items but may be identified by the following: Counterfeit items have a left-to-right sweeping color change pattern from light lime green to blue and then to pastel burgundy. The checks contain a pale blue border, and the words “Account Number:” read as “Account number.”
Counterfeit items presented to date are made payable in varying amounts from $1,000 to $288,000. Recipients of the counterfeit items are generally presenting two checks, which contain sequential serial numbers.
For additional information and guidance and to verify the authenticity of OneWest Bank’s official checks, please contact the Client Care Center by mail at 888 E. Walnut Street, Pasadena, CA 91101, by telephone at (877) 741-9378, or by e-mail at CustomerCare@owb.com.
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 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 www.occ.gov/topics/consumer-protection/fraud-resources/index-fraud-resources.html.
Ellen M. Warwick