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Integra Bank, N.A., Evansville, Indiana, has contacted the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) to report that counterfeit cashier's checks bearing the name National City Bank, Evansville, Indiana, are in circulation. The counterfeit items are associated with a lottery scam and are accompanied by a sweepstakes notification letter that is purportedly from "Providence Trust, 9089 Clarke Avenue, Orangeville, ON L9W 2Y8, (519) 722-4987." Recipients are informed of their winning status and instructed to contact an account manager at (519) 721-2585. The letter further states that "the enclosed check should be used for service charges and all applicable fees."
The counterfeit items display the routing number 081205248, which was previously assigned to National City Bank, Evansville, Indiana. National City Bank was merged into Integra Bank, N.A. As a result, there are no longer any authentic cashier's checks bearing the name National City Bank, Evansville, Indiana, in circulation.
The counterfeit items are printed on check stock that is light tan with a dark tan border. All printing appears in black ink, and a diamond pattern watermark is evident when the item is held to the light.
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:
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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.
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