First National Bank & Trust Company, Iron Mountain, MI
First National Bank & Trust Company
Iron Mountain, MI
The above-named bank has reported that several versions of counterfeit cashier’s checks using a correct routing number of 091101730 are being presented for payment nationwide in connection with a mystery shopping scam.
The counterfeit checks may be immediately identified by the following traits:
- The checks contain the account number of 066001.
- The checks contain an authorized signature of “Patricia L. Wender.”
- The checks do not include an embossed dollar amount.
Counterfeit checks presented to date have been made payable in varying amounts and may include remitter names of Nichole Alan, Mitchell Anderson, Nichole Brown, Jonathan Cooks, Nichole Dennocenzo, Sayace Flanary, Candace Hicks, Laura M. Mooney, or Jasmyne Washington. A number of checks have been deposited as mobile deposits.
E-mail correspondence pertaining to this mystery shopping scam may be initiated by someone using the name of “James Matt” with an e-mail address of [email@example.com] and a telephone number of (281) 594-7549.
Correspondence accompanying the counterfeit checks instructs the recipient to deposit the check into his or her bank account, wait 24 hours, and withdraw the cash needed to complete the assignment. The letter further instructs the potential victim to spend a small sum of the money, such as $50, at a well-known merchant and then to wire transfer a larger sum, such as $1,500, to a third party. Contact information contained within the instructional correspondence may include an e-mail address of [firstname.lastname@example.org] and a telephone number (text messages only) of (786) 233-9084. Please be aware that contact names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses may vary.