Counterfeit Official Checks of Astoria Bank
Long Island City, NY
One Astoria Bank Plaza Lake Success, NY 11042-1085
United States of America
Voice (516) 327-7449
Fax (516) 327-7290
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in amounts ranging between $1,300 and $2,450.
Potential victims of these mystery shopping scams are contacted via e-mail regarding a job opportunity with a fictitious company. Once the potential victim completes the survey attached to the job offer e-mail and returns it, a counterfeit check and additional correspondence are mailed to the potential victim’s residence.
There are two different scenarios:
- The potential victim is to deposit the check into his or her bank account and within 24 hours withdraw the full amount. He or she is to retain $300 as his or her salary and use the remaining balance to split into two wire transfers to be sent to two separate third-party individuals.
- The potential victim is to deposit the check into his or her bank account and within 24 hours withdraw the full amount. He or she is to retain $300 as his or her salary and use the remaining balance to purchase $500 Green Dot Money Pak Cards. Upon purchasing the Money Pak Cards, the victim is to scan or e-mail the 14-digit personal identification number to [firstname.lastname@example.org] or [email@example.com]. The victim is then asked to make an urgent donation by purchasing a $20 cashier’s check from his or her bank and making it payable to the American Cancer Fund. The $20 check is then to be scanned to Mr. Wallace’s e-mail address noted above. Note that this check will be used in future counterfeit scams.