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Sun National Bank, Vineland, New Jersey, has contacted the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the institution's name are in circulation. The counterfeit items are associated with a scam that includes a letter notifying recipients of winning a cash prize in a lottery drawing. The correspondence accompanying the counterfeit items contains the letterhead of TRANS AMERICA SWEEPSTAKES, 178 St. Laurent Boulevard, Montreal, Quebec H3H 2B5. Recipients are instructed to contact (416) 848-1473, extension "1," to claim their prize.
The counterfeit items display the routing number 031206420, which is assigned to Sun National Bank, and are virtually identical to authentic cashier's checks. However, the counterfeit items include a fictitious telephone number, which is "1-877-766-2452."
For additional information or to verify the authenticity of the check, please contact:
To report this scam or any other scam based in or mailed from Canada, please contact Phonebusters, which is a joint partnership between the Ontario Provincial Police and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Phonebusters is interested in receiving copies of scam letters, particularly those involving Canadian mailing addresses or telephone numbers. Records relating to the payment of advance fees should also be forwarded to Phonebusters. This information is used to assist in the strategic targeting of would-be fraudsters. Scam letters should be forwarded to the Phonebusters National Call Center (PNCC) as follows:
Additional information concerning this matter may be brought to the OCC's attention at:
Information about counterfeit items, cyber-fraud incidents and other fraudulent activity may be forwarded to the FDIC's Cyber-Fraud and Financial Crimes Section, 550 17th Street, N.W., Room F-4004, Washington, D.C. 20429, or transmitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Information related to federal deposit insurance or consumer issues should be submitted to the FDIC using an online form that can be accessed at http://www2.fdic.gov/starsmail/index.asp.
For your reference, FDIC Special Alerts may be accessed from the FDIC's Web site at www.fdic.gov/news/news/SpecialAlert/2006/index.html. To learn how to automatically receive FDIC Special Alerts through e-mail, please visit www.fdic.gov/about/subscriptions/index.html.
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