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KeyBank National Association, East Syracuse, New York, has contacted the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to report that counterfeit official checks bearing the institution 's name are in circulation.
The counterfeit items display the proper routing number 102003918, and are associated with both lottery and Internet purchase scams. One group of counterfeit items is accompanied by a letter from "Hanson Public Relations, 20 St - Margaret's Bay, Halifax, Nova Scotia H3H IJ4," which notifies recipients of being the grand prize winner of an international promotion program. The recipients are instructed to call 1-902-412-0370 for further information.
The counterfeit items
are printed on versa check paper in various colors. The following address
in the upper-left portion of the counterfeit
items, directly beneath the KeyBank logo: "KEY BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION,
121 W MANLIUS ST., EAST SYRACUSE, NY 13057." Along the top border,
the following statement is displayed: "THIS CHECK IS VOID WITHOUT
A COLORED BORDER AND BACKGROUND PLUS A KIGHT & FINGERPRINT WATERMARK
ON THE BACK – HOLD AT ANGLE TO VIEW." Below the signature line
is the following statement: "SIGNATURE AREA CONTAINS A KNIGHT & FINGERPRINT
Corporate Security Division
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 intelligence 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 that you believe should be brought to the OCC's attention may be forwarded to:
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.
Distribution: FDIC-Supervised Banks (Commercial and Savings)
NOTE: Paper copies of FDIC Special Alerts may be obtained through the FDIC's Public Information (1-877-275-3342).
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