Subject: Counterfeit Official Checks
Date: April 18, 2014
Description: Security National Bank, a Branch of Park National Bank
Counterfeit Official Checks of Security National Bank, a Branch of Park National Bank, Newark, Ohio
To: Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chair, 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 044101305 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a secret shopper scam.
The counterfeit checks do not resemble the bank’s authentic checks. Counterfeit items may be identified by several traits:
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in the amount of $1,996 and contain a remitter name of Fowler Grillo.
Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks is purportedly from Christopher Green, Head of Recruitment, MS Recruitment, (860) 469-2142. The correspondence explains that the recipient is to use the majority of the funds to purchase an international money transfer. Details of the transfer are to be sent via e-mail to Christopher Green at [email@example.com].
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of official checks drawn on Security National Bank, a Branch of Park National Bank, please contact Jullene Barnes, Administrative Manager, Loss Prevention Department, 50 North Third St., PO Box 3500, Newark, OH 43058; by telephone at (740) 322-6836; or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Consumers who receive counterfeit or fictitious items 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 Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) may be forwarded to
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC’s anti-fraud resources page at www.occ.gov/fraudresources.htm.
Ellen M. Warwick