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September 13, 2021
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Chief Executive Officers of All National Banks and Federal Savings Associations; All State Banking Authorities; Chair, Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System; Chair, 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 cashier's checks using the bank's routing number of 061103975 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with various internet scams involving mystery shopping opportunities and lottery winnings.
There are at least two known variations of counterfeit items in circulation, which resemble the bank's authentic item. However, the counterfeit checks may be identified by the following traits:
Checks presented to date have generally been made payable in amounts between $1,000 and $5,000; however, at least one item was presented in the amount of $44,000. Mailings may appear to originate from either "Data Flow Systems, Inc., Melbourne, FL" or "Marketforce Inc., Santa Ana, CA."
Potential victims of the mystery shopping gift card scam have received poorly written correspondence accompanying the counterfeit check. The correspondence, which contains the name of a nationally known retailer, instructs the potential victims to confirm receipt of the packet and the deposit of funds by sending an email to Blake Jones at [firstname.lastname@example.org] or a text message to (571) 267-2244. The letter instructs the recipient to retain $300 of the deposited funds for payment and to purchase a $30 cashier's check made payable to the "American Cancer Soceity. [sic]" The majority of the funds are to be used to purchase four gift cards at a well-known retail store for the purported purpose of the victim surveying the conduct of the sales representatives. Following the purchase of the cards, the potential victim is told to scratch the cards to reveal the card numbers and to send photos of each card to the perpetrator. No further instruction is provided in regard to the $30 cashier's check made payable to "American Cancer Soceity. [sic]" A sample of the communication is attached.
For additional information and to verify the authenticity of checks drawn on Queensborough National Bank & Trust Company, please contact the bank's Customer Care Center by telephone at
(478) 625-2000, by email at CustomerCareCenter@qnbtrust.bank, or by mail at 113 East Broad Street, Louisville, Ga., 30434.
Consumers who receive counterfeit or fictitious items and associated material should file complaints with the following agencies, as appropriate:
For additional information regarding other types of financial fraud, please visit the OCC's Fraud Resources page, which also can be found on OCC.gov.
Monica A. Freas
Director of Enforcement